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Jay Z performs at a Get Out the Vote concert for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the Wolstein Center in Cleveland, Friday, Nov. 4, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Jay Z became the first rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame


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.
FILE - In this Aug. 15, 1996, file photo, rapper Tupac Shakur attends a voter registration event in South Central Los Angeles. The director behind FX’s acclaimed “People vs. O.J. Simpson” miniseries is set to tackle another true crime drama, this one based on the unsolved deaths of Shakur and fellow rapper Biggie Smalls. The Hollywood Reporter reported Nov. 10, 2016, that USA Network has ordered a pilot for “Unsolved,” which will be directed by Anthony Hemingway. (AP Photo/Frank Wiese, File)

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.

FILE - In this Nov. 4, 2016 file photo, Jay Z performs during a campaign rally for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in Cleveland. Court documents released Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016, show that Roc Nation, the entertainment company founded by rap mogul Jay Z, tried but failed to get chosen to manage Prince's musical assets in the weeks after the rock superstar's death. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Jay Z has been busy. He announced a new venture capital fund Tuesday, TechCrunch reports.

His fans and fellow rappers were quick to praise him.

Other observers were more surprised the other inductees weren't already in.

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. 

What rappers deserved to get in the Songwriters Hall of Fame over Jay Z?

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