The Songwriters Hall of Fame announced their 2017 nominees in October, and the list included Jay Z.
On Wednesday, they unveiled their list of inductees and Jay Z will receive the honour. As The FADER points out, Jay will become the first rapper ever to be inducted into the hall.
Co-chairs of the hall Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff along with President Linda Moran said in a statement, “With our 2017 roster of inductees, the Songwriters Hall of Fame moves definitively into recognizing music creators of the 21st century while continuing to honor the greats of earlier decades. The combination of contemporary sounds and timeless hits of the past is certain to make for an unforgettable evening.”
He joins Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Robert Lamm, James Pankow & Peter Cetera, “Chicago,” and Max Martin.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place on 15 June in New York City.