Shawn Corey Carter, the rapper and business mogul known professionally as Jay-Z has come a really long way and he still has even more, reason to celebrate.
On Wednesday, Jay-Z was named as one of the 2017 inductees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The announcement was made by guitarist, Nile Rodgers on CBS This Morning and has made Jay-Z the first ever rapper to be considered for the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Nile Rodgers while making the announcement, spoke in glowing terms of Jay-Z saying that he has changed the way we listen to music and the way we have fun and that he is “in a space where, even though he’s had more pop albums than anyone else, he did it through rap”
Jay-Z who was said to be elated at the announcement has expressed his delight at becoming the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, he said:
“This is a win for us. I remember when rap was said to be a fad. We are now alongside some of the greatest writers in history.”
The 48th induction ceremony of the Songwriters Hall of Fame is set to hold in June 2017 in Manhattan. Other members of the 2017 class of inductees include Max Martin, the Swedish songwriter and super-producer who has dominated worldwide pop charts for 20 years, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Motown founder Berry Gordy, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and three members of Chicago – Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Peter Cetera.
Songwriters Hall of Fame co-chairs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff and president Linda Moran seemed happy about their list of inductees for the year stating that;
“With our 2017 roster of inductees, the Songwriters Hall of Fame moves definitively into recognising music creators of the 21st century while continuing to honour the greats of earlier decades,”
“The songwriters we honour cross genres, regional and even national boundaries. We are thrilled to once more have the opportunity to preside over an event that recognises the convergence of songcraft and musical performance at the very highest level.”
President, Linda Moran, also revealed in an interview with New York Times just how much of a struggle it was to get Jay-Z inducted;
“To be honest with you, last year we talked about it a lot, Our board and community wasn’t ready. This year we felt that they had been educated enough.”
A lot of the rapper’s fans are sure to be as thrilled as Jay-Z is with the development.