Before he receives the Breaking Barriers Award at the Global Spin Awards in February, Atlanta hip hop pioneer Jermaine Dupri will receive another high honor from his musical peers.
According to Billboard, the 45-year-old mogul will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside some of music’s most prolific writers.
Other musicians that’ll be honored on June 14 include Alan Jackson, John Mellencamp, and Kool & the Gang. Billboard also notes that Dupri is the second artist to represent hip-hop in the esteemed canon – JAY-Z was the first Hip Hop artist inducted last year where he took to twitter to give his classic drunken thank you speech last year.
In a statement issued to the Associated Press, Linda Moran (president/CEO) and the organization’s co-chairs, Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff said: “The 2018 roster of Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees is a prodigious representation of creators of cross-genre hits, certain to resonate with everyone. Each year, the slate of songwriters we induct is more diverse and illustrative of the history and contributions that we strive to acknowledge and honor.”
Dupri is instrumental in helping make Atlanta the hot bed for Hip Hop and R&B. JD is responsible for helping shape the sound of hip-hop/R&B from the 90s to the mid-2000s. Helping pen top-charting singles for Mariah Carey, Kriss Kross, Bow Wow, Da Brat, Xscape, Janet Jackson, Usher, Jagged Edge and more. Now many may ask what are the criteria for being inducted into the Song Writers Hall of Fame? The website says “In order to be considered for induction, nominees must have been published songwriters for a minimum of 20 years with a notable catalog of hit songs.” With that being said JD is more than worthy of this high honor and this is great to see hip hop being recognized like this especially since the genre is represented on the Billboard charts to heavily. CONGRATS Jermaine Dupri!