The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its 2019 inductees, who will be inducted at the organization’s 50th annual induction and awards dinner, to be held on June 13 in New York City.
This year’s honourees are rapper Missy Elliott, producer Dallas Austin, singer-songwriter John Prine, Jack Tempchin (who wrote the Eagles’ “Peaceful Easy Feeling”), country singer Tom T. Hall and Cat Stevens (who now goes by the moniker Yusuf).
“The first thing you need to know is it’s about the song, the second thing you need to know is it’s about the song, the third thing you need to know is it’s about the song,” said SHOF chairman Nile Rodgers (co-founder of Chic and producer of artists ranging from David Bowie to Madonna) of 2019’s inductees, via Variety.
“That’s true now more than ever, so I’m very proud that in my first year as Chairman of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame that we are recognizing some of the culturally most important songwriters of all time,” he added. “The 2019 slate of inductees represents diversity and unity across genres and gender, highlighting our dedicated mission to honour music creators who have enriched our lives. These are writers who in their time literally transformed music and helped make what’s happening today possible.”
Elliott’s induction will be a historic one, marking the first time a female hip-hop artist joins the ranks of such famed inductees as Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell.
Taking to Twitter, Elliott expressed her gratitude at being among this year’s inductees:
Rodgers announced the 2019 inductees on this week’s edition of “CBS Saturday Morning” — watch: