Jay Z could make history as the first rapper ever to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The Hip Hop mogul is among the 24 nominees announced on Thursday for the 2017 cycle. A rapper has never been nominated before for the honor.

Via The Guardian:

Songwriters become eligible for induction into the organization after having a songwriting career that spans at least 20 years.

Jay Z released his debut album Reasonable Doubt in 1996. He has since piled up credits under his given name of Shawn Carter on the hit songs Hard Knock Life, Empire State of Mind, and ’03 Bonnie & Clyde, his duet with wife Beyoncé. His most recent record, Magna Carta Holy Grail, was released in 2013.

Other nominees include Madonna, George Michael, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Gloria Estefan, and Bryan Adams.

Voting ends on December 16 and the individuals or groups chosen will be inducted in June.

Congrats Hov!


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