Jay Z and Madonna have been nominated for Songwriters Hall of Fame. Other nominees include George Michael, Cat Stevens, Gloria Estefan, Bryan Adams, Vince Gill , Jeff Lynne, Sly Stone, Bread’s David Gates and the songwriting teams that make up the bands Chicago and Kool & The Gang.
If Jay Z wins, he could be the first rapper inducted into the songwriters hall of fame.
Songwriters are eligible for induction after writing hit songs for at least 20 years. Jay Z, who released his debut album, Reasonable Doubt, in 1996, has written multiple hits in the last two decades, from “Big Pimpin’,” to “Empire State of Mind.”