Vince Gill Nominated for Songwriters Hall of Fame
Country legend Vince Gill may soon add “Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee” to his resume. The artist has officially been nominated by the organization to potentially be inducted at the June 2017 ceremony in the Performing Songwriters category.
The honor recognizes the life work of composers and lyricists who create music around the world. Gill is included among the 2017 performing songwriter nominees from several different genres, ranging from Jay Z to Madonna.
Country is represented in the non-performing songwriters category as well, including country songwriter Paul Overstreet, who wrote Randy Travis’ “Forever and Ever Amen,” Kenny Chesney’s “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy,” and Keith Whitley’s “When You Say Nothing at All,” among others. Nashville Songwriter Hall of Famer Randy Goodrum, who wrote the Kenny Rogers/Dottie West duet “What Are We Doin’ in Love” and was named 1981 ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year, also earned a nomination.
Taylor Swift collaborator and pop songwriter Max Martin is also on the list for writing a host of massive hits like Swift’s “Shake It Off,” Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone," and Britney Spears’ “...Baby One More Time."
Winners are chosen by eligible voting members of the organization, who will cast ballots by Dec. 16, 2016. The winners be honored at the annual gala in New York City on June 15, 2017.
Gill is slated to perform at the 50th annual CMA Awards on Nov. 2 as part of the Forever Country theme, considering his influence on the genre and previous Entertainer of the Year win. He recently celebrated his 25-year anniversary as a member of the Grand Ole Opry, and performed a heartwarming version of his song “What You Give Away” with a chorus of kids at the 2016 Nashville Public Education Foundation Hall of Fame Luncheon.
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