Earlier this morning it was announced by Niles Rodgers on CBS This Morning that Jay Z will officially become the first rapper inducted into the soon to be newly inducted 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame class. Joining a very unique and legendary class that is set to include such iconic artists and/or musicians as Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Motown Records founder Berry Gordy, Max Martin and members of the American Rock band Chicago.
Rodgers had this to say about Jay’s induction, “He was in a space where, even though he’s had more pop albums than anyone else, because he did it through rap, it took longer for traditional voters to consider him. It’s massive. He has changed the way that we listen to music. He’s changed the way that we have fun.”
Jay himself even made a rare Twitter update, by tweeting out the following about the upcoming induction.
By the way, 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.
— Mr. Carter (@S_C_) February 22, 2017
Jay will officially make history when he is inducted with the rest of the new class of inductees in a ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in his hometown of New York City on June 15th, just a couple days after my birthday.