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Songwriters Hall of Fame

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The Songwriters Hall of Fame was founded in 1969 by songwriter Johnny Mercer and music publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond to honor those whose work represents a spectrum of the most beloved songs from the world's popular music songbook. It not only celebrates these established songwriters, but is also involved on the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships. There are many programs designed to teach and discover new songwriters.

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The Hall of Fame only existed as an online virtual collection until 2010, when it was first put on display as a physical gallery inside The Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. With an under-construction basement installation at the Brill Building in New York, the Hall doesn't have a permanent place and the awards aren't televised.

Through 2010, 383 individuals had been inducted into the SHOF. The British rock band Queen was the first band to be inducted in 2003.

Abe Olman Publisher Award

The Abe Olman Publisher Award is given to publishers who have had a substantial number of songs that have become world-renowned and who have helped to further the careers and success of many songwriters.

  • 1983 – Howard S. Richmond
  • 1986 – Leonard Feist
  • 1987 – Lou Levy
  • 1988 – Buddy Killen
  • 1990 – Charles Koppelman & Martin Bandier
  • 1991 – Frank Military & Jay Morgenstern
  • 1992 – Bonnie Bourne
  • 1993 – Berry Gordy
  • 1994 – Buddy Morris
  • 1995 – Al Gallico
  • 1996 – Freddy Bienstock
  • 1997 – Gene Goodman
  • 1998 – Irwin Z. Robinson
  • 1999 – Bill Lowery
  • 2000 – Julian Aberbach
  • 2001 – Ralph Peer
  • 2002 – Edward P. Murphy
  • 2003 – Nicholas Firth
  • 2004 – Les Bider
  • 2005 – Beebe Bourne
  • 2006 – Allen Klein
  • 2007 – Don Kirshner
  • 2008 – Milt Okun
  • 2009 – Maxyne Lang
  • 2010 – Keith Mardak
  • 2012 – lance Freed
  • Board of Directors Award

    The Board of Directors Award is presented to an individual selected by the SHOF Board in recognition of his or her service to the songwriting community and the advancement of popular music.

  • 1986 – Jule Styne
  • 1988 – Stanley Adams
  • 1992 – Edward P. Murphy
  • 1996 – Anna Sosenko & Oscar Brand
  • 1997 – Thomas A. Dorsey
  • Contemporary Icon Award

    The Contemporary Icon Award was established in 2015 to recognize songwriter-artists who attained an iconic status in pop culture. The American singer Lady Gaga was the first artist ever to win the award.

  • 2015 – Lady Gaga
  • Hal David Starlight Award

    The Hal David Starlight Award honors young artists who have already made an impression on the music industry.

  • 2004 – Rob Thomas (Matchbox Twenty)
  • 2005 – Alicia Keys
  • 2006 – John Mayer
  • 2007 – John Legend
  • 2008 – John Rzeznik (Goo Goo Dolls)
  • 2009 – Jason Mraz
  • 2010 – Taylor Swift
  • 2011 – Drake
  • 2012 – Ne-Yo
  • 2013 – Benny Blanco
  • 2014 – Dan Reynolds (Imagine Dragons)
  • 2015 – Nate Ruess (Fun)
  • 2016 – Nick Jonas
  • 2017 - Ed Sheeran
  • Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award

    The Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award is specifically tailored for artists or "star makers" in the music industry who have been responsible for a substantial number of hit songs for an extended period of time, and who recognize the importance of songs and their writers.

  • 1981 – Chuck Berry
  • 1983 – Rosemary Clooney & Margaret Whiting
  • 1990 – Whitney Houston
  • 1991 – Barry Manilow
  • 1995 – Michael Bolton
  • 1996 – Gloria Estefan
  • 1998 – Diana Ross
  • 1999 – Natalie Cole
  • 2000 – Johnny Mathis
  • 2001 – Dionne Warwick
  • 2002 – Garth Brooks
  • 2003 – Clive Davis
  • 2008 – Anne Murray
  • 2009 – Tom Jones
  • 2010 – Phil Ramone
  • 2011 – Chaka Khan
  • 2014 – Doug Morris
  • Johnny Mercer Award

    The Johnny Mercer Award is the highest honor bestowed by the event. It goes to writers already inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame for having established a history of outstanding creative works.

  • 1980 – Frank Sinatra
  • 1981 – Yip Harburg
  • 1982 – Harold Arlen
  • 1983 – Sammy Cahn
  • 1985 – Alan Jay Lerner
  • 1986 – Mitchell Parish
  • 1987 – Jerry Herman
  • 1990 – Jerry Bock & Sheldon Harnick
  • 1991 – Betty Comden & Adolph Green
  • 1992 – Burton Lane
  • 1993 – Jule Styne
  • 1994 – Irving Caesar
  • 1995 – Cy Coleman
  • 1996 – Burt Bacharach & Hal David
  • 1997 – Alan Bergman & Marilyn Bergman
  • 1998 – Paul Simon
  • 1999 – Stephen Sondheim
  • 2000 – Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller
  • 2001 – Billy Joel
  • 2002 – Michael Jackson
  • 2003 – Jimmy Webb
  • 2004 – Stevie Wonder
  • 2005 – Smokey Robinson
  • 2006 – Kris Kristofferson
  • 2007 – Dolly Parton & Milliea Taylor McKinney
  • 2008 – Paul Anka
  • 2009 – Holland–Dozier–Holland
  • 2010 – Phil Collins
  • 2011 – Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
  • 2013 – Elton John & Bernie Taupin
  • 2014 – Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff
  • 2015 – Van Morrison
  • Patron of the Arts

    The Patron of the Arts is presented to influential industry executives who are not primarily in the music business but are great supporters of the performing arts.

  • 1988 – Martin Segal
  • 1989 – Roger Enrico
  • 1990 – Edgar Bronfman Jr.
  • 1991 – Edwin M. Cooperman
  • 1992 – Jonathan Tisch
  • 1993 – Michel Roux
  • 1994 – Philip Dusenberry
  • 1995 – Theodore J. Forstmann
  • 1996 – Sumner Redstone
  • 1997 – Dr. Samuel LeFrak
  • 1998 – David Checketts
  • 1999 – Robert Mondavi
  • 2001 – Iris Cantor
  • 2003 – Martin Bandier
  • 2004 – Michael Goldstein
  • 2005 – Henry Juszkiewicz
  • Pioneer Award

    The Pioneer Award was established in 2012 to recognize the career of a historic creator of an extensive body of musical work that has been a major influence on generations of songwriters.

  • 2012 – Woody Guthrie
  • 2013 – Berry Gordy
  • 2014 – Milliea Taylor McKinney
  • Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award

    Named for the former President of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award is given to individuals or teams who are recognized as having done a great deal to further the successes of songwriters.

  • 1980 – Ethel Merman
  • 1981 – Tony Bennett
  • 1982 – Dinah Shore
  • 1983 – Willie Nelson
  • 1984 – Benny Goodman
  • 1985 – John Hammond
  • 1987 – Jerry Wexler
  • 1988 – Dick Clark
  • 1989 – Quincy Jones
  • 1990 – B.B. King
  • 1991 – Gene Autry
  • 1992 – Nat King Cole
  • 1993 – Ray Charles
  • 1994 – Lena Horne
  • 1995 – Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gormé
  • 1996 – Frankie Laine
  • 1997 – Vic Damone
  • 1998 – Berry Gordy
  • 1999 – Kenny Rogers
  • 2000 – Neil Diamond
  • 2001 – Gloria & Emilio Estefan
  • 2002 – Stevie Wonder
  • 2003 – Patti LaBelle
  • 2004 – Neil Sedaka
  • 2005 – Les Paul
  • 2006 – Peter, Paul & Mary
  • 2012 – Bette Midler
  • Abe Olman Scholarship

    Abe Olman was an American songwriter and music publisher. He was later director of ASCAP, and a founder of the Songwriters Hall of Fame which, in 1983, named the Abe Olman Publisher Award. In his honor, the Abe Olman Scholarship is given out each year by his family in the interest of encouraging and supporting the careers of young songwriters.

    1990
    Nancy Magarill & H. Sefus Henderson (ASCAP) April Higuera (BMI) Emil Trombino, Sal Trombino & Walter Zelinski (SHOF) Thomas Kjellberg (SGA)
    1991
    Nanette Maxine Brown (ASCAP) Dee Ann Macomson (SGA) Ellen O’Brien & Rich Campbell (SHOF) Pantera Saint-Montaigne (BMI)
    1992
    Mark Batson (BMI) Lorraine Ferro & Stephanie Lewis (SHOF) Darren Quinlan (ASCAP) David Stewart (SGA)
    1993
    Ilene Angel (SHOF) Gregory Cohen & Matthew Lewis (BMI) Mike Flynn (SGA) Anika Peress (ASCAP)
    1994
    Jazmin Jackson (ASCAP) Rebecca Martin (BMI) Amy Powers & Stephanie Salzman (SHOF) Alan Wolpert & Bill Pitzonka (SGA)
    1995
    Mike Blaxill (BMI) Janie Coulter & Barry Wittenstein (SHOF) Tina de Varon (ASCAP) Caroline Horn (SGA)
    1996
    Cara Beckenstein (SGA) Tamara Feinman (SESAC) Nicole Johnson (BMI) Pilley (ASCAP) Liz Queler (SHOF)
    1997
    Stephanie Cooke (ASCAP) Amanda Green (SHOF) Lauren Kinhan (SESAC) Dan Siegler (BMI) Richard Winter (SGA)
    1998
    Chris Alastair (ASCAP) Chris Moore (BMI) Ivy Markaity (SESAC) Clare Cooper (SGA) Sandy Fredrickseon (SHOF)
    1999
    Mike Errico (SHOF) Delilah Harris (SESAC) Natasha Ming (BMI) Jean Norris (ASCAP) Stephen Rosenthal (SGA)
    2000
    Angela Ai (SHOF) Jabe Beyer (SESAC) Edie Carey (BMI) James Day (ASCAP) Nina Mankin (SGA)
    2001
    Sophia Ramos Dupre (SESAC) Tabitha Fair (BMI) Carrie FitzGibbon (SHOF) James Glasco (ASCAP) Stephen Goldfinger (SGA)
    2002
    Colin Brooks (SESAC) Elizabeth Jordan (SHOF) Lee Kweller (SGA) Johnny Rodgers (ASCAP) John Stephens (aka John Legend) (BMI)
    2003
    Janice FitzGerald (SHOF) Karen Jacobsen (SESAC) Michael McLeod (SGA) Jeanine Smith (BMI) Meleni Smith (ASCAP)
    2004
    Bliss: Kiirsten Moore (BMI) David Ippolito (SGA) Michele Jaffe (SHOF) Lori McKenna (ASCAP) Sofia-Jay: Jay & Jennifer Lyons (SESAC)
    2005
    Laurel Barclay & Matt Katz-Bohen of Daddy (SESAC) Loretta Collins (SGA) Kiara Duran (NAPM) Morley Kamen (ASCAP) Sylvia Tosun (BMI)
    2006
    Cassandra Kubinski Summer Johnson Wes Hutchinson Annie Dinerman Susan Cagle
    2007
    Dan Ferrari Jayms Madison Alice Smith Jodi Shaw Adam Falcon
    2008
    Galia Arad Linda Kiraly Reeve Carney Watt White Shelly Bhushan
    2009
    Madi Diaz Michael Grubbs April Smith Kirsten Thien Natalie Warner
    2010
    Gabriella Caspi Keli Price Comic Book Heroes Rebecca Jordan Chris Tedesco
    2011
    Erin Christine Markeisha Ensley Rachel Brown Nenna Yvonne & Daniel Wisniewski Jason Kingston
    2012
    Shea Rose Jody Mulgrew Bebe Rexha Jeremy Current Lyle Divinsky
    2013
    Amy Allen Ro James Emily Warren Kat Edmonson Tyler Lyle
    2014
    Cobaine Ivory Sydney Wayser Travis Nilan Claire Wilkinson Audra Mae

    The Holly Prize

    Created In 2009, The Holly Prize is a tribute to the legacy of Buddy Holly, a SHOF inductee. The award recognizes and supports a new "all-in songwriter" — an exceptionally talented and inspired young musician/singer/songwriter whose work exhibits the qualities of Holly's music: true, great and original. The Holly Prize is administered and juried by the SongHall.

  • Ben Howard
  • Emily King
  • Jack Skuller
  • Jenny O.
  • Kendra Morris
  • Laura Warshauer
  • Shun Ng
  • The NYU Steinhardt Songwriting Scholar Award

    Announced in 2011, along with a collaboration between the Songwriters Hall of Fame and NYU Steinhardt's Department of Music and Performing Arts Professions, the NYU Steinhardt Songwriting Scholar Award is presented to a music composition student whose work holds great potential for success in the field, and embodies the art, craft, individuality and qualities of communication of the best songwriting.

  • AJ Smith
  • David Marenberg
  • Monica Cialona
  • Shan Gao
  • Tiger Darrow
  • Towering Performance Award

    The Towering Performance Award is given in recognition of one-of-a-kind performances by one-of-a-kind singers that have recorded outstanding and unforgettable interpretations of songs that have become iconic standards.

  • 2005 – Bill Medley
  • 2009 – Andy Williams
  • 2012 – Ben E. King
  • Towering Song Award

    The Towering Song Award is given to creators of an individual song that has influenced the culture in a unique way over the years.

  • 1995 – "As Time Goes By" (written by Herman Hupfeld)
  • 1996 – "Happy Birthday To You" (written by Patty Hill and Mildred J. Hill)
  • 1997 – "How High The Moon" (lyrics by Nancy Hamilton and music by Morgan Lewis)
  • 1998 – "The Christmas Song" (written by Robert Wells and Mel Tormé)
  • 1999 – "Fly Me To The Moon" (written by Bart Howard)
  • 2000 – "All of Me" (written by Gerald Marks and Seymour Simons)
  • 2000 – "You Are My Sunshine" (recorded by Jimmie Davis)
  • 2001 – "Let Me Call You Sweetheart" (lyrics by Beth Slater Whitson and music by Leo Friedman)
  • 2002 – "You're a Grand Old Flag" (written by George M. Cohan)
  • 2003 – "I Left My Heart in San Francisco" (written by George Cory and Douglass Cross)
  • 2004 – "What the World Needs Now is Love" (lyrics by Hal David and music by Burt Bacharach)
  • 2005 – "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" (written by Phil Spector, Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil)
  • 2006 – "When the Saints Go Marching In" (lyrics by Katharine Purvis and music by James Milton Black)
  • 2008 – "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" (lyrics by Jack Norworth and music by Albert Von Tilzer)
  • 2009 – "Moon River" (lyrics by Johnny Mercer and music by Henry Mancini)
  • 2010 – "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (written by Paul Simon)
  • 2011 – "It Was a Very Good Year" (written by Ervin Drake)
  • 2012 – "Stand by Me" ( written by Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller)
  • 2013 – "A Change Is Gonna Come" (written by Sam Cooke)
  • 2014 – "Over The Rainbow" (lyrics by E.Y. Harburg and music by Harold Arlen)
  • 2015 – "What a Wonderful World" (written by Bob Thiele and George David Weiss)
  • Visionary Leadership Award

    Created in 2013, The Visionary Leadership Award recognizes members of the Hall of Fame Board of Directors who have made a significant contribution in furthering the ongoing mission of the organization.

  • 2013 – Hal David
  • 2014 – Del Bryant
  • 2015 – John A. Lofrumento
  • References

    Songwriters Hall of Fame Wikipedia


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