Jay Z makes his­tory with nom­i­na­tion for ’17 Song­writ­ing Hall

Baltimore Sun - - ENTERTAINMENT - — As­so­ci­ated Press

Jay Z, one of con­tem­po­rary mu­sic’s most cel­e­brated lyri­cists and en­ter­tain­ers, is one of the nom­i­nees for the 2017 Song­writ­ers Hall of Fame, and if in­ducted, he would be­come the first rap­per to en­ter the pres­ti­gious mu­sic or­ga­ni­za­tion. In fact, Jay Z is the first rap­per to be nom­i­nated for the Song­writ­ers Hall of Fame.

The Song­writ­ers Hall gave The As­so­ci­ated Press the list of nom­i­nees Thurs­day, a day ahead of its of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment. Other nom­i­nees who could be in­ducted next year are Madonna, Ge­orge Michael, Bryan Adams, Vince Gill, Baby­face, Max Martin, Kool & the Gang and more.

Five song­writ­ers, or song­writ­ing groups, will be of­fi­cially in­ducted at a gala June 15 in New York.

Other per­form­ing nom­i­nees in­clude Cat Stevens, Sly Stone, Chicago, Glo­ria Este­fan, Jeff Lynne and David Gates. Nonper­form­ing nom­i­nees are Kenny Nolan, Randy Goodrum, Tony Ma­caulay, William “Mickey” Steven­son, Allee Wil­lis, Maury Ye­ston, Paul Over­street and the song­writ­ing duos Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Dan Penn and Spooner Old­ham, and Steve Barri and the late P.F. Sloan, who died last year.

Song­writ­ers are el­i­gi­ble for in­duc­tion af­ter writ­ing hit songs for at least 20 years.

Jay Z, who re­leased his de­but al­bum, “Rea­son­able Doubt,” in 1996, has launched mul­ti­ple hits in the last two decades, from “Big Pimpin”’ to “Em­pire State of Mind.”

LESTER CO­HEN/WIREIM­AGE 2015

Jay Z, shown with Madonna at the Gram­mys Awards, is the first rap­per to be nom­i­nated for the Song­writ­ers Hall of Fame. The Ma­te­rial Girl is also a nom­i­nee.

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