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SONGWRITERS HALL SALUTES 10

Sara Bareilles and Jack Antonoff saluted Martin Bandier with a performance of her song “Brave” prior to presenting him with the Visionary Leadership Award at Thursday’s Songwriters Hall of Fame 50th annual Induction and Awards Dinner.

Dallas AustinMissy Elliott, Tom T. Hall, John PrineJack Tempchin and Yusuf/Cat Stevens were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame Thursday night. Besides Bandier, the Contemporary Icon Award went to Justin TimberlakeHalsey was honored with the Hal David Starlight Award and Carole Bayer Sager received the Johnny Mercer Award.

Bonnie Raitt  inducted  Prine, and the two performed “Angel From Montgomery.” He later performed “Hello In There.” Dave Matthews saluted Stevens with “Father and Son” after which  Yusuf/Stevens performed “Roadsinger.” Lukas Nelson inducted Jack Tempchin, performing “Peaceful Easy Feeling” after which Tempchin performed “Already Gone.”

After Benny Blanco called her “superhuman in everything she does,”   Halsey performed an acoustic version of “Without Me.” Queen Latifah inducted Missy Elliott, which was followed by Lizzo performed “Sock It To Me” with a surprise appearance by Da Brat.

Clive Davis awarded  Sager with her honor after which Sager, Patti LaBelle, Jonas Myrin, Desmond Child and Jordan Smith performed “That’s What Friends Are For.”

Jason Isbell  played Tom T. Hall’s “Mama Bake a Pie (Daddy Kill a Chicken).”  Peter Cooper then inducted  Hall who accepted the award via video message.

Universal Music Publishing’s Evan Lamberg presented of Songwriters Hall of Fame President/ CEO Linda Moran with a surprise honor: the first-ever Songwriters Hall of Fame Champion Award.

Timberlake, the night’s final honoree, said, “There is no feeling like finishing a song, the only thing that can measure up is when you hear someone sing it back to you.”  He performed a medley that included “Cry Me a River,” “Say Something,” “What Goes Around” and “Can’t Stop The Feeling”; Timbaland joined Timberlake for “SexyBack.”

Photos by Larry Busacca/Getty Images

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