*Jermaine Dupri, Kool & the Gang and Allee Willis, the co-writer of the musical adaptation of The Color Purple, are among the notables chosen for induction into this year’s Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Dupri, who has crafted megahits for the likes of Janet Jackson, TLC, Aretha Franklin and Mariah Carey, is the second hip-hop star to receive the honor, after JAY-Z made history with his induction last year.
View JD’s reaction to the honor below:
I can’t fucking believe this !! ?????????????? pic.twitter.com/BTzoqVQQKL
— Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) February 6, 2018
Country rocker John Mellencamp, singer-songwriter Alan Jackson, singer-songwriter Bill Anderson and Steve Dorff, the musician father of the actor Stephen Dorff, are among the other inductees.
“The 2018 roster of Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees is a prodigious representation of creators of cross-genre hits, certain to resonate with everyone,” Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, the organization’s co-chairs, and Linda Moran, its president and chief executive, told the Associated Press in a joint statement. “Each year, the slate of songwriters we induct is more diverse and illustrative of the history and contributions that we strive to acknowledge and honor.”
The 2018 inductees were selected ahead of nominees including Mariah Carey, reggae star Jimmy Cliff, Tom Waits, rap group N.W.A. and Chrissie Hynde
The induction ceremony for the Songwriters Hall of Fame will take place in New York City on 14 June.