Jay Z is the first rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame

What took so long?

The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its annual inductees, which include Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Robert Lamm, James Pankow and Peter Cetera of “Chicago,” Max Martin and the aforementioned Shawn “Jay Z” Carter.

Hov has the added distinction of being the first rapper to receive the honor. Besides the 21 Grammys Awards and over 100 millions records sold, some of the songs cited as crucial to Jay Z’s honor include “Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem),” “Izzo (H.O.V.A.), “Song Cry,” “Excuse Me Miss,” “Hovi Baby,” “Empire State of Mind” and “Holy Grail.”

Motown Records founder Berry Gordy is also part of the 2017 class.

48th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner goes down Thursday, June 15th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

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