Jay Z, Kook & The Gang, Madonna and Babyface lead the list of the 2017 nominees for the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame.
Jay Z has been nominated as an inductee into the song writers hall of fame and if elected will be the first rapper in its history.
In order to be eligible an artist has to have been writing hits for at least 20 years and with 13 number one albums more than any solo act in history, Jay has the credentials. Current inductees include Marvin Gaye, Bruce Springsteen, and Michael Jackson just to name a few. No rapper has ever been nominated.
Established in 1969 the hall of fame found its first physical home in 2010 within the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. Its stated mission is to “preserve, honor and celebrate the legacy of the great songwriters whose work has enriched the world’s culture, while developing new writing talent through professional education, Master Sessions, workshops, showcases, scholarships and digital initiatives.”
This would be a major accomplishment for Jay Z who has managed to expand his career well beyond rap. In March 2015 Jay purchased Aspiro which is the parent company of Tidal a music subscription based streaming service. Tidal has over 4.2 million paying subscribers and boasts to pay the highest royalties to artists and songwriters of any other streaming service.
Jay Z hasn’t totally stepped away from music, sources close to him hint at 2017 world tour which will be a response to Beyoncé’s lemonade album.