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The Songwriters Hall of Fame has announced its 2017 nominees for induction, including the first rapper ever nominated for the honor in the form of Jay Z.

Songwriters or songwriting groups become eligible for the honor after 20 years of work in the industry, putting the celebrated and prolific musician and businessman in his first year of eligibility (debut album ‘Reasonable Doubt’ was released in 1996). 

Also included among the nominees are Madonna, Babyface, Vince Gill, Kool & The Gang, Sly Stone, Cat Stevens, Bryan Adams, Jeff Lynne, and many more

The expansive and eclectic list will be whittled down to five honorees when voting concludes December 16, and those five will be officially inducted in a ceremony in New York on June 15. Time will tell if Jay Z can make history not only as the first rapper nominated but also the first inducted into the prestigious club.

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