Bryan Adams, REM, Blondie, Snoop Dogg, Gloria Estefan, Heart and The Doobie Brothers are among the nominees for the 2023 Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The ballot includes the musical theater duo of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, who wrote Ragtime and Anastasia, and soul-jazz singer Sade, whose 1980s soft rock hits include Smooth Operator and The Sweetest Taboo.
Two veteran rock stars are also nominated: Patti Smith – whose songs include Because the Night and Dancing Barefoot – and Steve Winwood, whose hits include Higher Love and Roll With It.
Vince Gill is a candidate again, having first voted in 2018.
Eligible voting members have until December 28 to vote with their picks of three nominees from the songwriter category and three from the singer-songwriter category.
ELO’s Jeff Lynne, who wrote Mr Blue Sky and Evil Woman, takes on the Losing My Religion REM quartet led by Michael Stipe, as well as Heart’s sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, who showed women could rock hard with songs like Barracuda and Fou de toi.
Debbie Harry, Chris Stein and Clem Burke are room eligible as Blondie, who gave us new wave hits Call Me and Rapture, and Snoop Dogg would join rappers such as Missy Elliott and Jay-Z if he made the cut.
Estefan is credited with popularizing Latin rhythms with crossover hits such as Rhythm Is Gonna Get You and Let’s Get Loud.
Two classic rock icons go head-to-head as Adams – with radio favorites like Summer of ’69 and Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman? – takes on The Doobie Brothers and their ever-rotating Listen To The Music and Long Train Running.
Nominees working behind the scenes include Glen Ballard, who helped write Alanis Morissette’s 1995 monster album Jagged Little Pill and co-recorded and wrote Michael Jackson’s Thriller albums, Bad and Dangerous.
Veteran songwriter Tom Snow, who has worked with Olivia Newton-John, Barbra Streisand, Cher, The Pointer Sisters and co-wrote Let’s Hear It For The Boy from the movie Footloose, is also eligible.
Footloose connects another nominee, Dean Pitchford, who collaborated on the score, which went to No. 1 on the Billboard album chart, dropping Thriller in 1984.
The list of nominees includes Teddy Riley, the singer, songwriter and producer credited with creating New Jack Swing and his top anthems like Bobby Brown’s My Prerogative and Keith Sweat’s I Want Her, and Liz Rose, who co -wrote many songs with Taylor Swift, including You Belong with Me, Teardrops On My Guitar and White Horse.
There’s also country songwriter Dean Dillon, who has written songs with Toby Keith, George Strait and Lee Ann Womack; pop singer-songwriter Franne Golde, responsible for such hits as Jody Watley’s Don’t You Want Me and the Commodores’ Nightshift; and the duo of Bobby Hart and Tommy Boyce, who wrote many Monkees hits.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame was established in 1969 to honor those who create popular music. A songwriter with a remarkable song catalog qualifies for induction 20 years after a song’s first commercial release.
Some already in the room include Carole King, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora, Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Lionel Richie, Bill Withers, Neil Diamond and Phil Collins.