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Jay Z to Become First Rapper Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

by Latifah Muhammad 1:57 PM PST, February 22, 2017
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Jay Z has reached a new career milestone!

With over 100 million records sold, 13 No. 1 albums, and 21 GRAMMYs, the 47-year-old mogul is in line to receive another prestigious honor from the music community.

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Jay will become the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, legendary musician Nile Rodgers revealed on Wednesday during CBS This Morning.

"He has changed the way we listen to music,” Rodgers, who announced this year’s list inductees, said of Jay Z’s "massive" impact on music. "He's changed the way that we've had fun, he's changed the way that we cry."

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The Brooklyn native joins an impressive list of 2017 honorees which include, Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, singer/songwriter Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, songwriting and production duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Peter Cetera of the supergroup Chicago, and Swedish songwriter/producer Max Martin.

"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," SHOF co-chairs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff and President Linda Moran said in a statement."The songwriters we honor cross genres, 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."

This year's honorees will officially be inducted into the SHOF at the organization’s 48th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner on June 15, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

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