Jay Z has made history by becoming the first rapper to be nominated for the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The hip-hop icon, whose real name is Shawn Carter, was nominated for the Class of 2017 in his first year of eligibility.
Nominees are considered for induction if they have been writing hits for at least 20 years. Jay Z’s debut album, Reasonable Doubt, was released in 1996.
Other performers nominated are Madonna, George Michael, Gloria Estefan, Bryan Adams, Chicago, Kool & the Gang, Cat Stevens, Sly Stone and Vince Gill. Producers Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and Max Martin are also nominated.
Members of the Hall of Fame will have until December 16 to cast their votes and the top 5 picks will be announced next year.
The 48th annual Induction and Awards Dinner will take place in New York City on June 5, 2017.
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– Written by Rekha Kulen