Saturday, January 12, 2019

The Songwriters Hall of Fame

Last updated 1/12/2019 after 2019 inductees were announced.

image from pastemagazine.com

Songwriter Johnny Mercer and music publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond established the Hall in 1969. As the website says, “To be nominated for induction…a songwriter must have been active for a minimum of 20 years and have written an extensive catalogue of hit songs. Once candidates are determined, ballots are sent to the members of the National Academy of Popular Music, which comprises songwriters and other music industry professionals.”

The Hall has also given out special awards (noted in listing below by two-letter code after award name), including:

  • Johnny Mercer Award (JM) 1980-2019. Given to previous inductees (with the exception of Frank Sinatra) who have been determined by the nominating committee to have “established a history of outstanding creative works.” Personally, this seems like an unnecessary award designed to create double inductees. Noted in list below as JM.

  • Sammy Cahn Award (SC). 1980-2012. Given “to individuals or teams who are recognized as having done a great deal to further the successes of songwriters.”

  • Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award (HR). 1981-2018. Acknowledges “artists or ‘star makers’ in the music industry who have been responsible for a substantial number of hit songs for an extended period of time.”

  • Hal David Starlight Award (HD). 2004-2018. Honors “gifted songwriters who are at an apex in their careers and are making a significant impact in the music industry via their original songs.”

  • Pioneer Award (PA). 2012-2013. Established to “recognize the career of a historic creator of an extensive body of musical work that has been a major influence on generations of songwriters.”

  • Contemporary Icon Award (CI). 2015-2019. Established “to celebrate a songwriter-artist who has attained an iconic status in pop culture.”

Here are the inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (and recipients of special awards – noted by two-letter codes). Note: click on the name to see the act’s bio in Dave’s Music Database Music Maker Encyclopedia. Click on “hall bio” to see the act’s bio at the Songwriters Hall of Fame website.

Click here to see a list of recipients of special awards who have not been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.


SONGWRITER HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES

A


B


C


D


E


F


G


H


I-J


K


L


M


N


O


P-Q


R


S


T


U-V


W


X-Y-Z




NON-INDUCTEE, SPECIAL AWARD RECIPIENTS

These are recipients of special awards (noted by two-letter codes – key at top of page) who have not been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame:


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