Back in October we reported that Jay Z was the first rapper nominated for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Now we can gladly say that Hov has officially become the first rapper to join the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The veteran emcee and 21-time Grammy winner "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, said Nile Rodgers, who announced the inductees on CBS This Morning. "It's massive. He has changed the way that we listen to music. He's changed the way that we have fun."
Additional inductees for 2017 include Max Martin, Berry Gordy, Babyface, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and Chicago.
The 48th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner will take place June 15 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.