Mariah Carey, John Mellencamp among nominees for Songwriters Hall of Fame

Mariah Carey, John Mellencamp among nominees for Songwriters Hall of Fame

Mariah Carey, John Mellencamp among nominees for Songwriters Hall of Fame

The nominees for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018 have been announced, and it’s a lengthy list, incorporating two categories: “Performing” and “Non-Performing” songwriters.

Among the performers, the nominees include Mariah Carey, reggae star Jimmy Cliff, rap icons N.W.A., “Fast Car” singer Tracy Chapman, John Mellencamp, Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders, and R&B stars The Isley Brothers and Kool & the Gang.

The non-performing songwriter nominees, and some of their biggest hits, include:

Jermaine Dupri — “Always Be My Baby,” “We Belong Together,” “Confessions Part II,” “U Got It Bad,” “Jump”

Maurice Starr — “Candy Girl,” “I’ll Be Loving You Forever,” “Is This the End,” “Jealous Girl,” “Step by Step”

Mike Chapman — “Kiss You All Over, “Heart and Soul,” “Better Be Good to Me,” “Little Willy,” “Stumblin’ In”

Randy Goodrum — “You Needed Me, “Bluer than Blue,” “I’ll Be Over You,” “Foolish Heart,” “Oh Sherrie”

Allee Willis — “Boogie Wonderland,” “I’ll Be There for You,” “Neutron Dance,” “September,” “What Have I Done to Deserve This”

To be eligible for induction, a songwriter must have been working for a minimum of 20 years, and have a “notable catalog” of hits. Members have until December 17 to turn in their ballots, and the winners will be inducted next year in a gala ceremony.

Image of John Mellencamp courtesy of PRphotos.com

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