Bryan Adams, the Guess Who's Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings Lead 2024 Songwriters Hall of Fame Nominees

Public Enemy, Tracy Chapman and Steely Dan are among their fellow nominees

Photos: Burton Cummings by Shillelagh Music (centre), Randy Bachman by Christie Goodwin (right)

BY Ben OkazawaPublished Nov 21, 2023

The Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) has unveiled the stacked 2024 class of nominees led by Canadians Bryan Adams and the Guess Who's Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings.

SHOF noted Adams's songs "(Everything I Do) I Do It for You," "Heaven" and "Summer of '69" as key tracks considered in his catalogue. For Bachman and Cummings, only songs they released together during their time in the Guess Who were considered. Those include "American Woman," "These Eyes" and "No Sugar Tonight." 

In order to be eligible for nomination, an artist needs to be 20 years removed from their "first significant commercial release." Adams, who shared his eponymous debut album in 1980, and Bachman and Cummings, who've been making music together since the mid-1960s, qualified some time ago. 

Their fellow nominees include Public Enemy, Tracy Chapman, Steely Dan, Blondie, Doobie Brothers, Timbaland, Heart and more. Check out the complete list at the SHOF official website.

Notably, Chapman has seen a recent influx in songwriting recognition due to Luke Combs's cover of "Fast Car," which vaulted her to multiple milestones for a Black woman in the country music sphere. 

Should Adams and/or Bachman and Cummings be voted into the Hall of Fame, it'll mark the first time in recent memory that Canadians have been represented in a class of inductees. In 2023, voters inducted Sade, Snoop Dogg and Gloria Estefan.

Voting has already begun and will end on December 27 ahead of the New York City awards show, slated for June 2024.

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