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With all due respect to Rock purists, there really is little doubt that at present Jay-Z is the top contender of the 2020 list of Hall of Fame candidates.  The man with many monikers has been one of the most dominate Rap artists of the past ten years and he is beloved by critics, the mainstream, and the streets.  His flow style of Rapping is as praised as it is duplicated.  It appears that everything that Jay-Z touches turns to gold, whether it is musically, personally or in the world of business.  Jay-Z has already has a discography that should net him an induction; remember that he still has a decade before he is eligible.

The 2017 Songwriters HOF Class is announced

We haven’t come up with (nor do we really plan to) a list for those who are not in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, but it is an institution in which we hold in high regard.

As such, the news that the Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced their latest class is definitely “music to our ears”.

The class of 2017 is perhaps one of the most diverse ever, and much of the attention is being showered on Shawn Carter, professionally known as Jay-Z.

The induction of Jay-Z marks the first time that a rapper has been chosen for the Songwriters Hall of Fame.  Still a very successful musician, the industry mogul has reached the top of the Billboard Album charts 13 times.  There is no real reason to think that he can’t do it again. 

Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds has also been chosen.  While Babyface had a successful career as a solo act he is actually held in higher regard as a songwriter.  He was responsible for writing such hits as “Breathe Again” (Toni Braxton) and “I’ll Make Love to You” (Boyz II Men).

Janet Jackson may not have gotten into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who produced and wrote most of her hits were chosen. 

Chicago, who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame saw three of their principal members and songwriters, Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Peter Cetera chosen for Songwriters Hall.

Perhaps the most successful songwriter of this class is the one most of you haven’t heard of.  From Sweden, Max Martin has penned or co-penned 22 number one hits including “I Want it That Way” (The Backstreet Boys), “Baby, One More Time” (Britney Spears), “I Kissed a Girl” (Katy Perry), “Blank Space” (Taylor Swift) and “I Can’t Feel My Face” (The Weeknd).  Only the songwriting team of John Lennon and Paul McCartney have had more #1 hits.

The final inductee of this class is Berry Gordy, who while is best known for launching Motown, was also a songwriter who co-wrote hits for Smokey Robinson and the Jackson 5.

We here at would like to congratulate the Songwriters Hall of Fame Class of 2017.

Jay-Z headlines the Songwriters Hall of Fame Class of 2017

The Songwriters Hall of Fame not only made history by announcing their Hall of Fame Class of 2017, but did so by selecting their first rapper to enter the Hall.

Jay-Z not only has many hits in the rap and hip hop genre but has garnered significant mainstream pop appeal.  In terms of chart success, Jay Z has few equals and his induction is likely to usher in a significant amount of more rap artists in the upcoming classes.  His signature hits include “Empire State of Mind”, “99 Problems”, “Dirt Off Your Shoulder” and “Bonnie & Clyde”.  He has won 21 Grammys over his career.

Swedish songwriter, Max Martin was also chosen.  Martin’s works includes 21 number one songs on the Billboard Hot 100.  His hits include “…Baby One More Time” (Britney Spears), “Shake It Off” (Taylor Swift) and “Can’t Feel My Face” (The Weeknd).  Martin penned all of Kay Perry’s number ones and most recently, “Can’t Stop the Feeling” (Justin Timberlake.  It is not an exaggeration to say that Martin is the most successful pop writer this millennium.

Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds will also be inducted.  Babyface has written 23 #1 songs on the R&B Chart, including the monster hit, End of the Road (Boyz II Men).

Also chosen was the prolific songwriting and production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, whose relationship with Janet Jackson made her a megastar. 

Motown founder Berry Gordy was also included.  Besides being the creator of a musical empire, Gordy was a decent songwriter who helped write many of his label’s hits.

The final entrants are Peter Catera, Robert Lamm and James Pankow of Chicago.

This year marks the 48th Annual Induction, which will take place on June 15 at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.

We here at would like to congratulate this year’s Hall of Fame Class.
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