Hip-hop entertainer and entrepreneur, Snoop Dogg; jazz songstress, Sade; and “New Jack Swing” producer and singer, Teddy Riley, are among this year’s inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
An announcement shared that Snoop Dogg, Sade, and Teddy Riley will be joined by pop singer Gloria Estefan; Electric Light Orchestra’s Jeff Lynne; six-time Grammy-winning songwriter, and producer Glen Ballard; and Grammy-winning songwriter, Liz Rose.
Snoop posted a message on his Instagram page acknowledging the recognition, as well as some of the other inductees.
“Damn, Songwriters Hall of Fame? That’s big. And just to think, I’ve been telling people for the past seven years, ‘Who you wanna do a song with, Snoop?’ I’d always say, Sade. And now we going to the Songwriters Hall of Fame on the same day. And not only that, Teddy Riley? New jack swing? I’m going in with him? Man, God is good.”
“Just a little kid from the East Side of Long Beach that had a big-ass dream. Yeh, It is true that dreams can come true. If it happened to me, it can happen to you. Keep dreaming, keep believing, keep being you. Keep God in your life. Do more right than wrong. Make your life a song. Thank you.”
This will be the 52nd Annual Induction and Awards Gala for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The event is scheduled to take place on June 15 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
Chic founder and legendary songwriter, Nile Rodgers, who is also the chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, said in a written statement, “The music industry does not exist without songwriters delivering great songs first. Without them there is no recorded music, no concert business, no merch … nothing, it all starts with the song and the songwriter. We are therefore very proud that we are continually recognizing some of the culturally most important songwriters of all time and that the 2023 slate represents not just iconic songs but also diversity and unity across genres, ethnicity and gender, songwriters who have enriched our lives and, in their time, literally transformed music and the lives of billions of listeners all over the world.”