HOV is definitely in his own lane. The Songwriters Hall of Fame will honor a rapper for the first time at its 48th annual induction ceremony.

Jay Z is the first rapper to receive the honor. He joins his fellow honorees Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Robert Lamm, Max Martin and Peter Cetera.


SHOF co-chairs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff and President Linda Moran issued a joint statement about this year’s celebration of songwriting excellence.

“With our 2017 roster of inductees, the Songwriters Hall of Fame moves definitively into recognizing music creators of the 21st century while continuing to honor the greats of earlier decades. The combination of contemporary sounds and timeless hits of the past is certain to make for an unforgettable evening. The songwriters we honor cross genres, regional and even national boundaries – R&B, Rap, Pop and Rock & Roll from both coasts, the American heartland and Sweden. We are thrilled to once more have the opportunity to preside over an event that recognizes the convergence of song craft and musical performance at the very highest level.”

The ceremony will take place on June 15 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Manhattan.

Jay Z, who holds the record for a solo artist with 21 No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200, tweeted,