Songwriters Hall Of Fame: Jay Z Becomes First Rapper To Be Inducted


After achieving so much in the industry, Hip-hop icon Jay Z has become the first rapper chosen for the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The group confirmed on Wednesday that Jay Z will be recognised by the Songwriters Hall of Fame, heading a class of inductees that also features Motown Records founder Berry Gordy and R&B crooner Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds.

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The rapper has a lot of achievements to be proud of since his debut Reasonable Doubt in 1996. The 47-year-old rap legend has sold more than 100 million records throughout his very successful career. He is also a 21-time Grammy winner. He is also the husband of pop sensation Beyoncé.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame said it all in a statement announcing the class of 2017;

“Also a powerful entrepreneur across the music/entertainment, fashion and sports industries, Jay Z personifies the American Dream.”

Jay Z will be inducted into the Hall later this year on 15 June in New York along with Gordy, Edmonds and three members of the band Chicago – Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Peter Cetera.

Other inductees include songwriting-production duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis – best known for their work with Janet Jackson. In addition, hit-maker Max Martin, who has written songs for groups from the Backstreet Boys to Katy Perry and The Weeknd also made the list.

Jay Z’s year is turning out so well already. In addition to his numerous accolades and recognition, the rapper and his wife Beyoncé are expecting not one but two babies.

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US singing sensation Beyoncé sent the internet into a complete frenzy when she made her pregnancy announcement earlier this month.

The Formation hitmaker took to Instagram with a picture of her growing bump to announce that she and Jay Z are expecting twins. The couple who already have 5-year-old Blue ivy has since broken every social media record you can ever think of.