The prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame has revealed the list of nominees for their 2018 class, which is lead by pop powerhouses Mariah Carey, Alice Cooper, Alan Jackson and pioneering hip-hop group N.W.A., the Associated Press reports. They are just a few of the two dozen names revealed on Wednesday who have the potential to be inducted into the selective group during the ceremony in New York City next June.
The above artists join Tracy Chapman, Jimmy Cliff, Tom Hall, the Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde, John Mellencamp and Tom Waits as just a few of the nominees who qualify in the "Performers" category. Non-performing writers who found their way onto the list for next year’s class is lead by Bill Anderson, who is the only songwriter in history to have written charted songs in each of seven consecutive decades. “Love is a Battlefield” writer Mike Chapman, Steve Dorff, Jermaine Dupri and “Build Me A Buttercup” writer Tony Macaulay are just a few of the nominees are also part of the non-performing category.
The Hall of Fame’s 2017 class this past summer made history with its inclusion of Jay-Z, who made history as the organization’s first ever rap artists to be inducted. If the members of N.W.A. make the final cut, they’ll be just the second hip-hop artist(s) to join the club, and the first ever rap group. The induction of Jay-Z was such a special moment that even former President Barack Obama personally congratulated the hip-hop star with a pre-recorded message aired at the ceremony. Other notable names who were inducted as the class of 2017 include pop powerhouse Max Martin, Babyface and Motown founder Barry Gordy.
“The Songwriters Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create music around the world,” the organization states on their website. “To qualify for induction, a songwriter must be a published writer for a minimum of 20 years with a notable catalog of hit songs.”
According to the announcement, those who have a say in the voting have until Dec. 17 to fill out and turn in their ballots, and can only chose six total nominees from the non-performing and performing categories.
To read the full list of nominees for the Hall of Fame’s potential 2018 class, click here.