Snoop Dogg, Sade, Jeff Lynn of Electric Light Orchestra and many other artists are included in the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year.
Gloria Estefan, Teddy Riley, Glen Ballard and Liz Rose are also honored with this award and will celebrate this event at a ceremony in New York on June 15.
As Billboard notes, the class of 2023 is the fifth time in a row that a hip—hop artist has been honored since Jay-Z became the first in 2017. Jermaine Dupri, Missy Elliott and Chad Hugo of The Neptunes and Pharrell Williams preceded Snoop Dogg.
Chairman of the Songwriters Hall of Fame (and previous member) Nile Rodgers said in a statement, “The music industry doesn’t exist without songwriters who write great songs first and foremost. Without them, there is no recorded music, no concert business, no merch.
“The list of 2023 represents not only cult songs, but also the diversity and unity of genres, nationalities and genders, songwriters who enriched our lives and at one time literally changed the music and the lives of billions of listeners around the world.”
No ceremonies were held in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID pandemic. Mariah Carey, Steve Miller, The Isley Brothers, The Neptunes and Eurythmics were honored in June 2022 after being declared inductees in 2020.
Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg has rescheduled his UK and Ireland tour for this year, starting dates in March.
The rapper was supposed to go on tour last year, but in May last year canceled all tour dates outside the US due to “unforeseen schedule conflicts, including family commitments and upcoming TV and film projects.”
All tickets for his original tour dates, which were postponed several times due to the pandemic, remain valid.