Photo montage courtesy of Songwriters Hall of Fame
The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its nominees for next year’s induction, scheduled to take place at its Annual Induction & Awards Gala in New York on June 14, 2018.
The nominees are again split into two categories. Nominees in the Non-Performing Songwriters category are Bill Anderson, the team of L. Russell Brown and the late Irwin Levine, Mike Chapman, Steve Dorff, the team of Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan, Jermaine Dupri, Randy Goodrum, Tony Macaulay, the team of Denny Randell and Sandy Linzer, Maurice Starr, William "Mickey" Stevenson and Allee Willis.
The Performing Songwriters category of nominees consists of Mariah Carey, Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Cliff, Alice Cooper, Tom T. Hall and Chrissie Hynde; the Isley Brothers songwriting team of Ernie, Marvin, O'Kelly, Ronald and Rudolph Isley and Chris Jasper; Alan Jackson; the Kool & The Gang songwriting team of Robert "Kool" Bell, Ronald Bell, George Brown and James "JT" Taylor; John Mellencamp; the NWA songwriting team of the late Eazy-E, Dr Dre, Ice Cube, MC Ren and DJ Yella, and Tom Waits.
Bios and photos of the 2018 nominees can be found on the SHOF website.
To qualify for induction, a songwriter must be a published one for a minimum of 20 years and have a notable catalog of hit songs.
Eligible voting members will now have until December 17 to turn in ballots with their choices of three nominees from the Non-Performing and three from the Performing Songwriters categories.
Information on how to join or renew as a voting member in order to participate in the election prior to the November 17 voting cut-off date can also be found at the SHOF website.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create music around the world.