Steely Dan, Timbaland, R.E.M. to Be Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

Singer-songwriter Hillary Lindsey and 'Footloose' lyricist Dean Pitchford round out the 2024 class of inductees

Photos (from left): Steely Dan by Raph_PH, Timbaland by Collison Conf, R.E.M. by Kris Krug

BY Megan LaPierrePublished Jan 17, 2024

The Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) has announced its 2024 class of inductees, with Steely Dan, Timbaland, R.E.M., Hillary Lindsey and Footloose lyricist Dean Pitchford to be inducted at a gala at New York's Marriott Marquis on June 13.

"I've said it before, but the music industry does not exist without songwriters delivering great songs first," SHOF chairman Nile Rodgers said in a statement. "Without them there is no recorded music, no concert business, no merch… nothing, it all starts with the song and the songwriter."

He continued, "We are therefore very proud that we are continually recognizing some of the culturally most important songwriters of all time and that the 2024 slate represents not just iconic songs but also diversity and unity across genres, ethnicity and gender, songwriters who have enriched our lives and literally enriched music and the lives of billions of listeners all over the world."

Tracy Chapman, Public Enemy and George Clinton — as well as Canadians Bryan Adams, the Guess Who's Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings — were also among the nominees considered for induction this year, with special award honourees still to come at a later date.

Sade and Snoop Dogg were slated to be inducted in 2023, but that has been deferred for scheduling reasons.

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