Jay-Z is to become the first rapper to ever be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Roc Nation supremo was nominated for the honour back in November, recognised by the songwriting organisation – whose mission is to “preserve, honour and celebrate the legacy of the great songwriters whose work has enriched the world’s culture.”
He has now been officially announced as a 2017 inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, joining the likes of Swedish songwriter and producer Max Martin, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and three members of the band Chicago.
Speaking this week on CBS’s This Morning show to announce the inductees, Chic‘s Nile Rodgers hailed Jay-Z’s long and successful career in music.
“[He] was in a space where, even though he’s had more pop albums than anyone else, because he did it through rap [it took longer for voters to consider him],” Rodgers said. “It’s massive. He has changed the way that we listen to music. He’s changed the way that we have fun.”