The 2018 Song Writers Hall of Fame have been announced and it will include Kool & The Gang, Jermaine Dupri, John Mellencamp and more..
According to the AP:
The Songwriters Hall told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Allee Willis, who co-wrote the Broadway musical “The Color Purple” and “I’ll Be There for You” — the theme song from the hit TV series “Friends” — will also be inducted at its June 14 ceremony alongside country singer-songwriter Bill Anderson and Emmy- and Grammy-nominated songwriter Steve Dorff.
Dupri’s induction comes a year after Jay-Z became the first rapper to make it into the Hall. Dupri has co-written No. 1 hits like Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together” and “Always Be My Baby,” Usher’s “Burn” and Monica’s “The First Night.” He has released his own hip-hop albums and became a popular songwriter and producer in Atlanta when he launched the record label So So Def, building careers for Jagged Edge, Kriss Kross, Bow Wow, Xscape and more.
Songwriters are eligible for induction after writing hit songs for at least 20 years. Kool & the Gang members Robert “Kool” Bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown and James “JT” Taylor will be inducted into the Hall.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame’s 49th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner will be held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel.