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Jay-Z is the first rapper to be named as an inductee for the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Legendary songwriter and producer Nile Rodgers announced the inductees today (February 22th) on CBS This Morning and revealed Hov was nominated for the honor back in October.

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Jay Z is being acknowledged for his extensive career — artists are eligible after they have been songwriting for 20 years — and pushing the boundary of what is considered “classical music.” Rodgers explained why it took so long for a rapper to be recognized by the Hall, which was established in 1969.

Jay Z is in a space where even though he’s had more pop albums than anyone else, because he did it through rap, which is not traditionally considered the pop music scene,” he says. “It’s great.”

Rodgers continues by explaining the impact that Jigga has had on the industry as a whole.

He has changed the way that we listen to music,” he shares. “He’s changed the way that we have fun. He’s changed the way that we cry.

Other nominees in the running for the Songwriters Hall of Fame include George Michael, Madonna, Bryan Adams, Vince Gill, Babyface, Max Martin and Kool & the Gang.

After voters turn in their official ballots in November, the 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be held June 15th in New York City.

 

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