Jay Z has just become the first rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. This announcement comes on the heels of Jay Z starting a venture capital fund.
“To be honest with you, last year we talked about it a lot. Our board and community wasn’t ready. This year we felt that they had been educated enough…He was flipping out, he was going crazy,” she said.
Also inducted: Babyface, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, James Pankow, Berry Gordy, Max Martin, Robert Lamm, and Peter Cetera of Chicago.
Nominated but not chosen: Madonna, Sly Stone, George Michael, Bryan Adams, Jeff Lynne, Kool & the Gang, Gloria Estefan, Cat Stevens, Vince Gill, and David Gates.
The induction ceremony will be on June 15th at the Marriott Marquis in New York. Songwriters having a songwriting career of at least 20 years are eligible for induction.