Steve Miller, Eurythmics’ Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, and members of The Isley Brothers are among the famous music artists that will have to wait until next year for a major honor they originally were supposed to receive in June.
Those artists, as well as Mariah Carey and Pharrell Williams, were set to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 11 in New York City, but the ceremony has now been postponed to June 10, 2021.
In a statement, Hall of Fame President & CEO Linda Moran said, “In facing the reality of the future being unknown and the extraordinary number of schedules which would have to be rearranged…it seemed to be more prudent and in the best interests and well-being of everyone…to move the 2020 class of inductees and honorees in its entirety to next year’s gala when they can be truly celebrated.”
Hall of Fame chairman Nile Rodgers of CHIC added, “The wonderful songs that members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame have created are currently bringing comfort to billions of people all over the world in their time of uncertainty and need and that is something I believe we can all find gratitude in.”
It’s not clear if there will be an additional class of 2021 inductees along with this year’s group. Others who are set to be inducted include Williams’ creative partner Chad Hugo, and behind-the-scenes songwriters Rick Nowels and Willams “Mickey” Stevenson.
Nowels has co-written hits for Santana, Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks, Madonna, Belinda Carlisle and many more. Stevenson wrote or co-wrote Motown classics like “Dancing in the Streets,” “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted,” “Uptight (Everything’s Alright)” and “It Takes Two.”
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