Missy Elliott, John Prine, Yusuf/Cat Stevens, country songwriter Tom T. Hall, R&B hitmaker Dallas Austin, and “Peaceful Easy Feeling” writer Jack Tempchin were recently named the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees.
The inductees will be honored on June 13 at the induction ceremony at New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel. Additional special awards honorees will be announced soon.
This is Nile Rodgers' first year and first class of inductees as Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
“The first thing you need to know is it’s about the song, the second thing you need to know is it’s about the song, the third thing you need to know is it’s about the song. That’s true now more than ever but It has always been about the song so I’m very proud that in my first year as Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame that we are recognizing some of the culturally most important songwriters of all time,” Rodgers said in a statement.
“The 2019 slate of inductees represents diversity and unity across genres and gender, highlighting our dedicated mission to honor music creators who have enriched our lives. These are writers who in their time literally transformed music and helped make what’s happening today possible.”
In order for an acclaimed songwriter to be qualified for induction, 20 years must pass after their first commercial release of a song.
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Article image: Missy Elliot in December 2015. (Atlantic Records [CC BY-SA 4.0] via Wikimedia Commons.)