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JAY Z BECOMES FIRST RAPPER NOMINATED FOR SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME

Jay Z could make history in 2017, becoming the first rapper to be elected for induction by The Songwriters Hall of Fame, an honor that requires the writer to have a career that spans 20 years or more. 

He is joined by fellow nominees Madonna, George Michael, Gloria Estefan, Bryan AdamsCat Stevens, Sylvester “Sly Stone” Stewart, and producer/songwriters Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Max Martin.

Jay Z released his first album Reasonable Doubt, in 1996.  Since then his impact on hip hop music has been extraordinary, spanning twelve solo albums including the genre classic The Blueprint as well as three collaborative albums with R. Kelly and Kanye West

Jay-Z recently signed a new worldwide publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music in 2014, orchestrated by long time mentor Big Jon Platt. The deal secured rights to Jay's music dating back to 2008, along with any future works.

The Annual Induction & Awards Gala will take place on 6/15 in New York City. 

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