Written by Raven Gaines
Outkast, The Neptunes, and Mariah Carey are among the nominees for the 2020 Songwriters Hall of Fame.
This will mark the first nomination for Outkast’s André 3000 and Big Boi as well as The Neptunes’ Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, whose résumé includes hits for Beyoncé, JAY-Z, Justin Timberlake, and Usher. Mariah Carey, who co-wrote 17 of her 18 No. 1 hits, receives her second nomination in the performer category.
There are 24 nominated acts for 2020 also include R.E.M., Eurythmics, Patti Smith, Journey, Vince Gill, Gloria Estefan, the Isley Brothers, Beach Boy Mike Love, Bread’s David Gates, and Steve Miller.
If inducted, Outkast and The Neptunes would follow past hip-hop honorees JAY-Z, Jermaine Dupri, and Missy Elliott, who have been inducted in the past three years.
Songwriters are eligible for induction after writing hit songs for at least 20 years. Six songwriters, or songwriting groups, will be officially inducted at the 51st annual Induction & Awards Gala in New York on June 11, 2020.