The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its slate of nominees for 2020 induction that includes rock pioneers R.E.M, classic rock veteran Steve Miller and production-songwriting duo The Neptunes, that consists of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo.
There are 24 nominees up for the 2020 induction class, split between performing and non-performing nominees. Performing nominees include Patti Smith, Journey, Vince Gill, Gloria Estefan, the Isley Brothers, former Eurythmics members Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, Beach Boys member Mike Love, Bread’s David Gates, Outkast and Mariah Carey, who co-wrote 17 of her 18 No.1 hits and is up for nomination again this year.
If Outkast or Pharrell win, they would among a very select group of hip-hop artists who have been inducted into the Hall of Fame that includes Jay Z, Jermaine Dupri and Missy Elliott, who joined the organization in 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively.
The Neptunes are responsible for some of the biggest hits of the late 90s and 2000s, writing No.1s for Britney Spears, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Usher and Beyoncé. Their fusion of pop and hip-hop forever changed the pop landscape, and Pharrell continues to lend his Midas touch to today’s hits.
The non-performing group of solo nominees is equally impressive, including former Motown producer and songwriter William “Mickey” Stevenson, Rick Nowels, Sonny Curtis, Jerry Fuller, Tony Macaulay, Bob McDill and Roger Nichols.
Non-performing songwriting duos nominated include the late Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, L Russell Brown and the late Irwin Levine, and Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame is “dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create music around the world”.
A songwriter is only eligible for induction 20 years after releasing his or her’s hit songs. Six songwriters, or songwriting groups, will be officially inducted at the Hall’s 51st annual Induction and Awards Gala in New York on 11 June 2020.
Visit the official site to learn more about the nominees and awards.