1981 Award and Induction Ceremony

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Chuck Berry and Ahmet Ertegun

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Ed Koch, Sammy Cahn, Charles Strouse, and Sid Bernstein

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Lionel Hampton

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Mr and Mrs Walter Bishop

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Tony Bennett and Ervin Drake

1981 Inductees
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Special Awards
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The 12th annual Award and Induction Dinner of The National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame was held in New York City in 1981.

This year's inductees were Cy Coleman, Jerry Livingston and Johnny Marks. "Yip" Harburg received the Johnny Mercer Award, Tony Bennett was presented with the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award and Chuck Berry was given the first-ever Hitmaker Award. Click on any of the inductee or award recipient names at right to read a biographical profile.

The National Academy of Popular Music/Songwriters Hall of Fame was founded in 1969 by songwriter Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond. The NAPM/SHOF is also devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships.