Since 1996, the 21-time Grammy award winner, Shawn “JAY Z” Carter has
dominated the rap world, better yet he has been a huge influence in the evolution in popular culture. Between multiple businesses and accolades spanning the recording industry to global investment leaders such as Warren Buffett, JAY Z personifies the “American Dream.”
And on Wednesday (Feb. 22), Jay Z was named one of this year’s inductees, becoming the first rapper to receive the honor. He joins his fellow honorees Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Robert Lamm, Max Martin, James Pankow, and Peter Cetera.
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SHOF co-chairs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff and President Linda Moran issued a joint statement about this year’s celebration of songwriting excellence.
“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,” they said. “The songwriters we honor cross genres, regional and even national boundaries – R&B, Rap, Pop and Rock & Roll from both coasts, the American heartland and Sweden. We are thrilled to once more have the opportunity to preside over an event that recognizes the convergence of song craft and musical performance at the very highest level.”