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Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Nile Rodgers and Marvin Gaye are among the songwriters to be inducted in the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 9 in New York City. The 47th annual award inductees also include Rodgers’ songwriting partner in Chic, Bernard Edwards, and Chip Taylor, who wrote the Troggs’ “Wild Thing” and Merrilee Rush’s 1968 hit “Angel of the Morning.”
“The 2016 roster of Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees is a beautiful mosaic of the best of late 20th century popular music,” the Hall’s co-chairmen Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff said in a statement. “With creators of Rock & Roll, Soul/R&B, Country and Funk/Dance represented, we are looking forward to an unforgettable and extremely exciting event.”
All but two of the inductees are still alive. Marvin Gaye was killed in 1984, and Edwards passed away in 1996.
This years induction ceremony will take place at the Marriott Marquis in New York.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame was established in 1969. According to Wikipedia, 383 individuals had been inducted into the hall as of 2010. In 2003, Queen became the first band to be inducted.