Songwriters Hall of Fame

The Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) is an American institution founded in 1969 by songwriter Johnny Mercer, music publisher/songwriter Abe Olman and publisher/executive Howie Richmond to honor those whose work represents and maintains the heritage and legacy of a spectrum of the most beloved English language songs from the world's popular music songbook. It not only celebrates these established songwriters, but is also involved in the development of new English language songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships. There are many programs designed to teach and discover new English language songwriters. Nile Rodgers serves as the organization's chairman.[1]

Songwriters Hall of Fame
Established1969
Location(Current—temporary)
Grammy Museum at L.A. Live
800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015

(Proposed—permanent)
Brill Building
1619 Broadway, Manhattan
New York City, NY 10019
Coordinates34.044736°N 118.264549°W / 34.044736; -118.264549
TypeMusic museum
PresidentLinda Moran
Public transit access   
Pico station
Websitesonghall.org
Opening hours10:30am–6:30pm (Sun–Thurs)
10am–8pm (Fri–Sat)
Closed Tuesdays

The Hall of Fame was formed in 1969, and in 2010 an exhibit was put on display online inside the Grammy Museum at L.A. Live in Los Angeles.[2] The Hall has no permanent place of residence, and because the awards are not televised, there would be no other digital recording of the event for posterity.[3]

There are numerous examples of collaborating songwriters being inducted in unison, with each person being considered a separate entrant. The inaugural year featured 120 inductees, many of whom had a professional partnership, such as Rodgers and Hammerstein. Burt Bacharach and Hal David followed in 1972. Betty Comden and Adolph Green were selected in 1980, and Lieber and Stoller were inducted in 1985. John Lennon and Paul McCartney were inducted in 1989 along with Gerry Goffin and Carole King as well as Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil. Motown's Holland-Dozier-Holland team were honored the following year. Elton John and Bernie Taupin were among those chosen in 1992, and the pop music group the Bee Gees had all three brothers inducted in 1994. In 1995, Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe as well as Gamble and Huff were inducted. John Denver was inducted in 1996. The Eagles' Glenn Frey and Don Henley were co-inductees in 2000. Queen was the first rock band to have all their band members inducted in 2003.[4][5] Five members of Earth, Wind & Fire were in the class of 2010. Four members of Kool and the Gang were honored in 2018.

Through 2019, 461 individuals were inducted into the SHOF.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony was postponed until 2022.[6] The Songwriters Hall of Fame president and CEO, Linda Moran, chose to move the event so that a proper celebration could take place.[7] New 2020 inductees would include Mariah Carey, Chad Hugo, the Isley Brothers, Annie Lennox, Steve Miller, Rick Nowels, William “Mickey” Stevenson, Dave Stewart and Pharrell Williams. Additionally, Jody Gerson of Universal Music Group will be given the Abe Olman Publisher Award and Paul Williams is set to receive the Johnny Mercer Award.[8]


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