Let’s get right to the nominees shall we?
Mariah Carey: Carey co-wrote 17 of her 18 number one hits. Nobody has more charttoppers than Carey.
Tracy Chapman: Chapman is a very acclaimed singer/songwriter mostly known for hit, “Fast Car”.
Jimmy Cliff: An induction for Cliff would help represent the sparse reggae genre.
Alice Cooper: Cooper was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a few years ago.
Tom T. Hall: Hall wrote 11 number one Country songs, though he did not perform all of them.
Chrissie Hynde: The lead singer of the Pretenders is also in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Isley Brothers: The Isley Brothers were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.
Alan Jackson: Jackson entered the Country Music Hall of Fame last year and has sold 80 million albums world wide. He had 35 number one hits on the Country Charts.
Kool & The Gang: The group had two number one hits in R&B and eleven top ten hits on that chart.
John Mellencamp: Mellencamp is also in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
N.W.A.: Following Jay-Z’s induction as the first rapper to the Hall, N.W.A. could be the second. They have already been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Tom Waits: Waits entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.
The non-performing nominees are:
Bill Anderson: Anderson wrote thirty-six songs that went to the top ten on the Country Charts including seven number ones.
- Russell Brown and Irwin Levine: The songwrtiers wrote many hits for Tony Orlando & Dawn and the Four Seasons.
Steve Dorff: A Country music songwriter.
Jermaine Dupri: Dupri co-wrote may hits for Mariah Carey and Usher.
Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan: The duo would be successful in the Country Music genre throughout the 1970’s and 80’s.
Randy Goodrum: Goodrum was a successful songwriter in both the Pop and Country genre.
Tony Macaulay: Macaulay songwriting took place predominantly in the 1970’s in England.
Denny Randell and Sandy Linzer: The pair have been very successful in songwriting in pop and R&B.
Maurice Starr: Starr is best known for producing and writing songs for New Edition and New Kids on the Block.
William “Mickey” Stevenson: Stevenson worked for Motown in the early days and wrote or co-wrote many songs such as “Dancing in the Street” (Martha & The Vandellas), “Devil With the Blue Dress” and Uptight (Stevie Wonder).
Allee Willis: Willis wrote many pop songs including “Neutron Dance” (The Pointer Hits), “September” and “Boogie Wonderland” (Earth, Wind & Fire) and “I’ll Be There for You” (The Rembrandts).
To be eligible for the Songwriters Hall of Fame you must have written hit songs at least twenty years ago.
Six songwriters or groups will be chosen.