He’s sold more than 100 million records, won 21 Grammys, co-founded Roc-A-Fella Records and not to mention married to Queen B. There are very few things he hasn’t accomplished. The 47-year-old mogul just broke new ground.
Jay-Z is among this year’s inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, becoming the first rapper to achieve this honor. He joins Max Martin, Berry Gordy, Babyface, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and Peter Cetera of Chicago as part of the 2017 class.
“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,” said Hall co-chairs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff and President Linda Moran. “The songwriters we honor cross genre, 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.”
The Hall’s 48th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner will take place June 15 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Additional special award honorees will be announced soon.