It’s been a historical day for Hov.
On Wednesday (Feb. 22), Jay Z was named as one of 2017’s Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees. This year’s honorees also include Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Robert Lamm, Max Martin, James Pankow, and Peter Cetera.
The Brooklyn rapper’s induction marks the first time a rapper has received this prestigious honor.
In a joint statement issued by SHOF President Linda Moran and co-chairs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, they described 2017’s inductees as a sign of their commitment to honoring today’s contemporary music creators while continuing to recognize the legends of the past.
“With our 2017 roster of inductees, the Songwriters Hall of Fame moves definitively into recognizing music creators of the 21st century while continuing to honor the greats of earlier decades. The combination of contemporary sounds and timeless hits of the past is certain to make for an unforgettable evening. The songwriters we honor cross genres, regional and even national boundaries – R&B, Rap, Pop and Rock & Roll from both coasts, the American heartland and Sweden. We are thrilled to once more have the opportunity to preside over an event that recognizes the convergence of song craft and musical performance at the very highest level.”
Jay spoke on his induction via Twitter where he selflessly dubbed the honor as a win for “US.”
Berry Gordy, who chose to postpone his induction last year, will also be celebrated at this year’s ceremony.
It’s definitely a great week to be Hov. Just yesterday it was revealed that he along with Roc Nation co-founder Jay Brown plan to launch a venture capital fund; once again proving he’s a business, man.
The 48th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner will be held June 15 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.