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Jay Z, Babyface, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Members of Kool & the Gang Among Nominees for Songwriters Hall of Fame


Courtesy of Songwriters Hall of FameMany of music’s most celebrated songwriters have been nominated for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, including some of rap, R&B and funk’s best artists. 

In the non-performing category, two of the nominees are Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and songwriting duo Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.  

Babyface is known as a solo artist, but is being recognized for the hit songs he’s written for others, including Toni Braxton‘s “Breathe Again” and “Another Sad Love Song,” Boyz II Men‘s “End of the Road” and “I’ll Make Love to You” and Whitney Houston‘s “Exhale (Shoop Shoop).” 

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis’ songwriting talent gave the world smash hits like Janet Jackson‘s “Escapade” and “Control’ and Boyz II Mens “On Bended Knee.”  

In the “Performing Artists” category, Shawn “Jay Z ” Carter and Robert “Kool” BellRonald Bell and George Brown of Kool & the Gang are nominatees. 

Jay Z has been nominated for writing hit tracks such as “Empire State of Mind,” “Crazy In Love,” the lead single from his wife Beyoncé‘s 2003 debut solo album Dangerously in Love and “99 Problems.”

Kool & the Gang received their nomination for writing “Get Down on It,” “Celebration,” “Fresh,” “Joanna” and “Ladies Night.” 

The Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Annual Induction & Awards Gala will be held June 15, 2017, in New York City. Members of the institution have until December 16 to submit their votes; the inductees then will be revealed at a later date.

To check out a full list of 2017 nominees and find out more about the event, visit

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