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Madonna, Jay Z nab Songwriters Hall of Fame nominations

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Madonna and Jay Z, two of their respective genres’ most celebrated figures, are nominees for the 2017 Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Associated Press reported Thursday. Other nominees this year include George Michael, Bryan Adams, Vince Gill, Babyface, Max Martin, and Kool & the Gang, among others.

Artists must have a songwriting career of 20 years before being eligible for induction. The Hall was established in 1969, and since then, fewer than 400 inductees have made the cut. Jay Z’s nomination marks the first time a rapper has appeared on the ballot.

You can read the full list of nominees here. The five songwriters who make the final cut will be inducted at a gala on June 15, 2017.

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