The 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame class will include John Mellencamp, Alan Jackson, Kool & the Gang and Jermaine Dupri, who will become the second hip-hop act inducted into the prestigious organization.
The Songwriters Hall told The Associated Press on Tuesday (Feb. 6) that Allee Willis, who co-wrote the Broadway musical The Color Purple and “I’ll Be There for You” — the theme song from the hit TV series Friends — will also be inducted at its June 14 ceremony alongside country singer-songwriter Bill Anderson and Emmy- and Grammy-nominated songwriter Steve Dorff.
Dupri’s induction comes a year after Jay-Z became the first rapper to make it into the Hall. Dupri has co-written No. 1 hits like Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together” and “Always Be My Baby,” Usher’s “Burn” and Monica’s “The First Night.” He has released his own hip-hop albums and became a popular songwriter and producer in Atlanta when he launched the record label So So Def, building careers for Jagged Edge, Kriss Kross, Bow Wow, Xscape and more.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame’s 49th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner will be held at the Marriott Marquis Hotel.