This one seems “late,” but Mariah Carey is finally being inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
Carey, who’s co-written 18 of her 19 No. 1 hit songs, such classics as “Vision of Love,” “Always Be My Baby, and “We Belong Together” is finally receiving her flowers from the Songwriters HOF.
Joining Carey for the 2020 class are Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of the Neptunes, Eurythmics members Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, the Isley Brothers, Rick Nowels, William “Mickey” Stephenson and Steve Miller.
The artists will be inducted at the 51st annual Induction and Awards Dinner on June 11 in New York City. Songwriters are eligible for induction after writing hit songs for at least 20 years.
Carey’s self-titled debut album released in 1990 qualified as her eligible ten years ago, which begs the question, what took so long?
While hitmakers like The Neptunes entry seems more timely since the duo changed the sound of popular and urban radio over the last 25 years.
SHOF Chairman Nile Rodgers said, “The first thing you need to know is it’s about the song, the second thing you need to know is it’s about the song, the third thing you need to know is it’s about the song. I am very proud that we are recognizing some of the culturally most important songwriters of all time and that the 2020 slate of inductees represents diversity and unity across genres, ethnicity and gender, writers who have enriched our lives and in their time literally transformed music and helped make it what it is today.”
Twenty-four acts were in the running for the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s 2020 class, including a diverse group of genius songwriters like Outkast, R.E.M., Patti Smith, Journey, Vince Gill, and Gloria Estefan.
Only six songwriters, or songwriting groups, are inducted each year.