Say HOVA! Jay Z Is The First Rapper Inducted Into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Say HOVA! Jay Z Is The First Rapper Inducted Into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame
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Hov’s a living legend and I’ll tell you why: Jay Z just became the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Max Martin, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Motown founder Berry Gordy, and three members of Chicago — Robert Lamm, James Pankow, and Peter Cetera — were also chosen to be admitted into the prestigious organization, according to Billboard.

Producer and Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers, who presented the list of inductees Wednesday on CBS This Morning, highlighted Jay Z's contributions to the industry in his announcement.

The 47-year-old rapper currently holds the record as the solo artist with the most No. 1 albums, according to CBS News.

"It's massive," Rodgers said of Jay Z's impact. "He has changed the way that we listen to music. He's changed the way that we've had fun, he's changed the way that we cry."

The 21-time Grammy winner was also lauded by Warner/Chappell Chairman and CEO Jon Platt after his selection to the organization was announced.

"Since his debut album, Reasonable Doubt, was released over two decades ago, it's been an incredible honor to work with the greatest MC of all time as he continues to achieve the unprecedented," Platt wrote in a memo to his staff. 

"Today, his songwriting is celebrated with a new, landmark achievement: being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame," Platt continued. "With this announcement, Jay is also the first rap artist to ever be inducted into the SHOF. This is an enormous accomplishment for Jay, as well as on behalf of fellow hip-hop songwriters everywhere, as he takes his place alongside past inductees and legends, ranging from Bob Dylan to Stevie Wonder, and Marvin Gaye to Lennon & McCartney."

The 48th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner will take place this June in New York City.

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