Jay Z Becomes First Rapper Nominated For The Songwriters Hall Of Fame

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Jay Z has been nominated for entry to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, making him the first rapper to be up for the award.

Songwriters become eligible for induction into the prestigious organization after having a songwriting career that spans at least 20 years, and 2016 marked the twentieth anniversary of the release of Jay Z’s debut album – Reasonable Doubt – released in 1996.

Madonna, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds are other artists among the 24 nominees for the 2017 cycle.

The Songwriters Hall of Fame, whose mission is to “preserve, honor and celebrate the legacy of the great songwriters whose work has enriched the world’s culture,” will announce their new list of accepted artists at its Annual Induction & Awards Gala in NYC on June 15, 2017.

Congrats to Jay Z on the nomination!

In more news on Jay Z — he’s set to headline a concert for Hillary Clinton in Cleveland before Election Day, reports CNN.

The event — which Clinton aides expect will draw thousands — is part of an ongoing series of concerts that aim to motivate young people to go out and vote.

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