Shawn "Jay Z" Carter became the first rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame Wednesday.
He was inducted alongside Max Martin, Berry Gordy, Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and three members of Chicago.
Jay Z won accolades for "changing the way we listen to music. He's changed the way we have fun," Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers said on "CBS This Morning."
CBS tweeted this GIF in his honor.
Who are these other guys?
- Max Martin has written 22 Billboard #1 hits, including "Can't Feel My Face" and "Shake It Off." That's good for third-most all time, according to Billboard.
- Edmonds has written 16 #1 hits, including Madonna's "Take a Bow."
- Berry Gordy wrote for legendary Motown artists like Marvin Gaye.
- Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis wrote many pop hits, including several Michael Jackson singles
- Chicago is the legendary classic rock group behind "25 or 6 to 4" and other hits.
It's been a good year for unlikely artists earning major awards. Bob Dylan turned heads by winning the 2016 Nobel Prize for literature and then refusing to accept it. And Tupac made the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2017 class.
Jay Z has been busy. He announced a new venture capital fund Tuesday, TechCrunch reports.
S/o to my OGs, Jay Z and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, who were elected to the Songwriters Hall of Fame today. I hope to one day make it there.— Lil Chano From 79th (@chancetherapper) February 22, 2017
His fans and fellow rappers were quick to praise him.
Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and Babyface not yet being in the Songwriters HOF is more shocking than Jay Z being the first rapper inducted.— John S. Wilson (@JohnWilson) February 22, 2017
Other observers were more surprised the other inductees weren't already in.
Why was Jay Z the first rapper nominated and chosen for Songwriters Hall of Fame? Over Run DMC PE Tupac and others? A racist disgrace— Magnificent2 (@NoFreeSpeech69) February 22, 2017
And some supporters wondered how Jay Z made it in over other legends of the genre.
The Hall currently doesn't include legendary rappers like Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls.
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