It’s a well-deserved feat. The Neptunes have been officially inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame! Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo were among legendary musicians to receive the honor in a ceremony Thursday, June 16.
On the ceremony red carpet, Williams expressed how honored he was to be inducted. “It’s a huge honor,” he said. “You heard that all night on that mat, you really do. The overwhelming sense of gratitude I feel probably overrides everything in terms of being yourself. I fail at this because I always have late reactions, so in 2-3 days I’ll be like who I was really in the room with the Eurythmics and Ronald Isley. It’ll probably hit me by then, but right now it’s kind of like oh wow.
The ceremony included a performance by Usher, who worked alongside The Neptunes for his 8701 album released in 2001. Other inductees into the illustrious band included Flye Tyme Jam, Flye Tyme Lewis, Mariah Carey, The Isley Brothers, and more.
After 65 years in the music business, the incomparable Isley Brothers were celebrated at the ceremony. “Every time something like this happens, it’s so special, you know, and we’re so honored,” Ronald Isley said.
This is the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s first ceremony since the pandemic began. Not only did Carey admit that she was in a bit of a hermit mode like the rest of the world, but she also took the opportunity to share that “it’s amazing there’s even a show honoring songwriters. . It’s a big problem.
In true Mariah Carey fashion, she also threw some shade around a recent lawsuit surrounding her signature track “All I Want For Christmas Is You.” She joked that songwriting is “not the easiest profession in the world”.