Who has the best shot at making the Songwriters Hall Of Fame?
Billboard hits and Platinum records are usually what the top songwriters in music are aiming for when they craft a track, but in the long run, their success can earn them an achievement that is unlike any other: a spot in the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. It’s that time of year again to see who has been given a nomination for induction this upcoming June. Spoiler alert: none of them are a surprise.
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds is among the nominees for the Songwriters Hall of Fame
There are 24 nominations with 12 each in the categories of Non-Performing and Performing, and they're headlined by some pretty big names. Some of the nominees under the Non-Performing section include the likes of Linda Perry, Randy Edelman, and the duo Robert Hunter and Jerry Garcia, while the Performing side has Elvis Costello, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Toby Keith, and Cat Stevens. Given the influence that all of these artists have had on music over the years, it's a bit of a surprise that they're not already in the Hall Of Fame. Even though they deserve it, they can't all make it this year, either. However, which writers are the ones that might have the best shot?
Despite the early success she had in the early 90's as the vocalist/guitarist of rock band 4 Non Blondes, Perry found her true calling when it came to writing for other artists. One of her first credits became a major smash: Pink's 2001 single, 'Get the Party Started.' The song went on to be featured as one of Rolling Stones' Top Songs of the 2000s, and Perry has since written songs like Christina Aguilera's 'Beautiful' and Celine Dion's 'My Love.'
Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
Kenneth Edmonds hit the mainstream when he penned his first success, 'Slow Jam,' by Midnight Star in 1983. He quickly became one of the biggest names in R&B writing and producing for Madonna, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, and Michael Jackson. The list can seriously go on and on. Edmonds just notched his 10th Grammy with his production on Alicia Keys' Girl on Fire. Additionally, he's had a pretty successful career as a solo artist, too, with three Platinum records and three top 10 albums.
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