In the Performer category, the four are joined by Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, The Eurythmics’ Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, Deborah Harry and Chris Stein of Blondie, George Michael, Gordon Lightfoot, Yusuf Islam (aka Cat Stevens) and Dion DiMucci.
The Non-Performer category nominees include Jim Steinman, notable for his work with Meat Loaf, as well as 11 other professional writers.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrates songwriters, educates the public with regard to their achievements, and produces a spectrum of professional programs devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships. There are fewer than 400 inductees who make up the impressive roster enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
The organization, which is dedicated to recognizing the work and lives of those composers and lyricists who create popular music around the world, holds annual elections to determine those who will make up the roster of inductees for the following year. Eligible voting members will have until December 12th, 2011 to turn in ballots with their choices of two nominees from a non-performer and two from a performer category.
The 2012 Annual Awards Gala will take place at the New York Marriott Marquis on Thursday, June 14, as part of the “Songwriters Hall of Fame Week.”
2012 Songwriters Hall Of Fame nominees
Deborah Harry/Chris Stein (Blondie)
Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens)
Annie Lennox/Dave Stewart
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