Jay Z arriving at the 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. Jay-Z is nominated for the 2017 SongHall Songwriters Hall of Fame. (Photo by Avan Agostini)
By: Johanna Masango
Regarded as one of modern music’s most prominent and significant rhymesters and musician, Jay Z has been selected as one of the nominees for the 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame, the The Guardian reports. If chosen, Jay Z would be the first rapper to enter the well-regarded music organisation.
Songwriters are chosen for induction after writing songs for at least 20 years. Jay Z, who released his debut album “Reasonable Doubt“, in 1996, of which the LP celebrated its 20th anniversary in June. From “Big Pimpin” to “Empire State of Mind“, the rapper has written a number of favourable hits in the last two decades.
The list of the nominees in the running for the Songwriters Hall of Fame was announced Thursday (21 October ), include, George Michael, Madonna, Bryan Adams, Vince Gill, Babyface, Max Martin, Kool & the Gang and Sly Stone.
The entitled members are allowed to vote for three non-performing songwriters and two performing songwriters until the 16th of December. After the voters hand in their votes, the 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame the induction ceremony will take place in New York City on the 15th of June.