Steely Dan, R.E.M., Timbaland Among New Inductees to Songwriters Hall of Fame

Published January 17, 2024

New York is buzzing with the latest announcement that an eclectic mix of musicians are set to be honored with an induction into the songwriting elite. Esteemed artists spanning various genres, including country, classic rock, pop, hip-hop, and alternative rock, have been selected for the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame. Among the celebrated inductees this year are the iconic Steely Dan, alternative rock pioneers R.E.M., groundbreaking producer Timbaland, country music's Hillary Lindsey, and celebrated songwriter Dean Pitchford.

Steely Dan's Long-Awaited Induction

Co-founded by the duo Donald Fagan and the late Walter Becker, Steely Dan has been a mainstay in classic rock with timeless hits like Reelin' in the Years, Do It Again, and Hey Nineteen. Despite their introduction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2001, this marks their first inclusion in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, a testament to their outstanding contribution to music through songwriting.

R.E.M. Brings Alt-Rock to the Forefront

Members Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, and Michael Stipe of R.E.M. are also joining the hall of fame ranks. With an arsenal of alt-rock anthems like Losing My Religion, Everybody Hurts, and It’s the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine), they have undoubtedly influenced a generation of musicians and songwriters.

Country and Pop Songwriting Stars Shine

Nashville songwriter Hillary Lindsey is famed for penning chart-topping tracks such as Little Big Town’s Girl Crush and Carrie Underwood’s Jesus, Take the Wheel. Dean Pitchford's notable works include assisting Kenny Loggins with the hit Footloose, as well as co-writing Fame and Holding Out For a Hero. Meanwhile, Timbaland, a titan in the realm of pop and hip-hop, has produced and written hits like Justin Timberlake's SexyBack and Missy Elliot's Get Yer Freak On.

The induction ceremony, which draws attention from all corners of the music industry, is set to take place on June 13 in New York City. This event not only adds another chapter to the legacies of these musicians but also serves as inspiration for current and aspiring songwriters everywhere.

Honoring Songwriters and Their Impact

The Songwriters Hall of Fame, founded in 1969, continues to acknowledge and celebrate those behind the music we love. A songwriter becomes eligible for this honor 20 years after the first commercial release of their song, highlighting the enduring impact of their work. Induction into this hall signifies peer recognition and a place among the ranks of songwriting legends.

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