The 2017 choices for the Songwriters Hall of Fame have been revealed with Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers announcing the inductees on CBS This Morning. One name in particular truly stands out from the pack and that name is Jay Z. Jay Z leads the charge as being the first rapper ever to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Rodgers had this to say on the morning show:
"It's massive. He has changed the way that we listen to music. He's changed the way that we have fun."
Other inductees this year include Max Martin, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Berry Gordy, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and members of Chicago. "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," stated the Hall of Fame's co-chairs and president. The goal of this year seemed to include all angles of influence on the music industry and they've surely accomplished that.
What do you think of the 2017 class?