This morning the Associated Press announced the nomination list for this years’ Songwriter of the year and rap Mogul Jay-Z made it on the list.
This nomination marks the first time that a rapper has actually been nominated for this prestigious award.
To be eligible for even a nomination, an artist has had to have written hit songs for at least 20 years, which Jay has clearly accomplished.
In 1996 the Roc Nation founder started his amazing career with album Reasonable Doubt that featured some of his more famous songs like Hard Knock Life, Empire State Of Mind and Big Pimpin. The album recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.
Jay has had quite the career; he’s earned 21 Grammys, 8 MTV VMAs, 7 BET Awards, and 3 AMAs along with marrying the queen herself Beyonce and having their daughter Blue Ivy.
Roc Nation took the time out to congratulate their founder saying,
— Roc Nation (@RocNation) October 20, 2016
Other artist included in this nomination are George Michael, Madonna, Babyface, Max Martin and Kool & the Gang.
According to the associated press “Eligible members can vote for three non-performing songwriters and two performing songwriters until Dec. 16. Five songwriters, or songwriting groups, will be officially inducted at a gala in New York on June 15, 2017.”