2022 Annual Induction and Awards Ceremony

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2022 Inductee Mariah Carey

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2022 Inductee William “Mickey” Stevenson and 1990 Inductee Smokey Robinson

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2022 Inductee Steve Miller

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2022 Hal David Starlight Award honoree Lil Nas X and SHOF President & CEO Linda Moran

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2017 Inductees Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis

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2022 Inductees Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo

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2018 Inductee Steve Dorff and SHOF Board Member Mary Jo Mennella

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Jon Batiste and Usher, performers for Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo

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2022 Abe Olman Publisher Award honoree Jody Gerson

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Liamani Segura performing for Mariah Carey

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2022 Inductee Rick Nowels and Violet Skies

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2022 Johnny Mercer Award honoree Paul William

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2022 Inductee William “Mickey” Stevenson and 1990 Inductee Smokey Robinson

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Lil Nas X

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SHOF Board Member Evan Lamberg, Alison Smith, Troy Tomlinson, SHOF Senior Vice President David Israelite and Marie Israelite

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William “Mickey” Stevenson, Steve Miller and Rick Nowels

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SHOF Chairman and 2016 Inductee Nile Rodgers

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SHOF Board Member Charlie Feldman, Jimmy Jam and SHOF Board Member Fletcher Foster

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Usher and Steve Miller

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Questlove presenting to Mariah Carey

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Bryan Cranston and Steve Miller

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Kara DioGuardi

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Rita Wilson, presenter for Paul Williams

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Ronan Farrow, presenter for Rick Nowels

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Pharrell Williams

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Bryan Cranston, Linda Moran and Steve Miller

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Jody Gerson

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Kandy Isley, 2022 Inductees Ronald Isley and Ernie Isley, and Tracy Isley

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Ronan Farrow, Violet Skies and Rick Nowels

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2022 Inductees Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart

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Gustavo Santaolalla performing for Paul Williams

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Ingrid Michaelson performing for Paul Williams

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Paul Williams accepting the Johnny Mercer Award

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Rita Wilson presenting to Paul Williams

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Smokey Robinson performing for William “Mickey” Stevenson

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William “Mickey” Stevenson

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Wanya Morris and Liamani Segura performing for Mariah Carey

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Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox

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Yolanda Adams performing

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Rita Wilson, SHOF Board Member Evan Lamberg and Kara DioGuardi

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Sir Lucian Grainge presenting to Jody Gerson

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Jon Batiste, Jimmy Jam, Pharrell Williams, Terry Lewis and Usher

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Leslie Odom Jr performing for the Isley Brothers

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SHOF Board Member Martin Bandier, Jody Gerson and SHOF Board Member Evan Lamberg

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Hal David Starlight Award honoree Lil Nas X

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Fabolous, presenter for Lil Nas X

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Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart

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2022 Inductee Ernie Isley

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Smokey Robinson

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Gustavo Santaolalla, Paul Williams and Rita Wilson

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Rick Nowels and Ronan Farrow

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William “Mickey” Stevenson performing

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Bryan Cranston presenting to Rick Nowels

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Robbin Ahrold, Jody Gerson and Evan Lamberg

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Luke Swirsky and Jody Gerson

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Jimmy Jam, Wanya Morris, Terry Lewis and Liamani Segura

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William “Mickey” Stevenson, Linda Moran and Smokey Robinson

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Ronan Farrow and Jeremy O. Harris

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Gustavo Santaolalla and Rita Wilson with Paul Williams

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Usher and Jon Batiste performing for The Neptunes

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Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart

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SHOF President & CEO Linda Moran

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St. Vincent performing for Eurythmics

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Lil Nas X accepting the Hal David Starlight Award

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Ronan Farrow presenting to Rick Nowel

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William “Mickey” Stevenson

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Ernie Isley, Ronald Isley and Elaine Isley Goodstone

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Fabolous presenting to Lil Nas X

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Kimberly ‘Kim’ Johnson, Kandy Johnson Isley and Ronald Isley perform

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SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME RETURNS WITH AN UNFORGETTABLE CELEBRATION OF THE BEST IN SONGWRITING AT THE 51ST ANNUAL INDUCTION AND AWARDS DINNER

Inductees:
Mariah Carey, Annie Lennox & Dave Stewart p/k/a Eurythmics, The Isley Brothers, Steve Miller, Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo p/k/a The Neptunes, Rick Nowels, and William “Mickey” Stevenson

Special Awards Recipients:
Jody Gerson, Paul Williams, and Lil Nas X

Presenters/Performers:
Yolanda Adams, Jon Batiste, Bryan Cranston, Fabolous, Ronan Farrow, Sir Lucian Grainge, Kim Johnson, Kandy Johnson Isley, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Ingrid Michaelson, Wayna Morris, Leslie Odom Jr., Questlove, Zac Rae, Smokey Robinson, Gustavo Santaolalla, Liamani Segura, St. Vincent, Usher, Violet Skies, and Rita Wilson


JUNE 17, 2022 – NEW YORK –
After a two-year delay, the highly anticipated 2022 Songwriters Hall of Fame 51st Annual Induction and Awards Dinner returned, as Chairman Nile Rodgers, President/CEO Linda Moran recognized and celebrated some of the best songwriting legends of our time. The evening was a sparkling success, as musical titans Mariah Carey, Annie Lennox & Dave Stewart p/k/a Eurythmics, The Isley Brothers, Steve Miller, Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo p/k/a The Neptunes, Rick Nowels, and William “Mickey” Stevenson were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Master songwriter Paul Williams received the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award, Universal Music Publishing Group Chairman and CEO Jody Gerson received the Abe Olman Publisher Award, and award-winning rapper and singer-songwriter Lil Nas X received the Hal David Starlight Award

The Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner, year after year, is a night full of unforgettable moments celebrating the art of songwriting. The evening kicked off with an incredible performance as St. Vincent sang a rendition of Eurythmics’ classic “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)” before she inducted Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart p/k/a Eurythmics, praising the pair for “So many incredible Eurythmic songs they’ve created together. The songs will stand the test of time. They are songs my parents and my kids and their kids will love for generations.” Following their induction, Annie and Dave performed “Here Comes The Rain Again” to thunderous applause.

Chairman and CEO of Universal Music Group, Sir Lucian Grainge, awarded Universal Music Publishing Group Chairman and CEO Jody Gerson with the Abe Olman Publisher Award, which is awarded to music publishers who have had a substantial number of songs become world-renowned and furthered the career and success of songwriters. Jody remarked, looking back on her decades-long career, “True music publishers’ investments in songwriters comes not just financially, but in the relationships that endure in the good times and the bad. For me, I am here - and will always be here - because of my dedication to songwriters and the love I have for songs.” 

Actress and singer Rita Wilson serenaded her introduction for Ingrid Michaelson’s performance of “Rainbow Connection” and introduced a special video message from 
Kermit the Frog, both dedicated to award-winning singer, composer, and songwriter Paul Williams. Musician Gustavo Santaolalla then performed a stunning medley of “The Apology Song” and “Valley of Last Resort,” before awarding his close friend Paul Williams with the highest honor bestowed by Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Johnny Mercer Award. 

Pulitzer Prize winner, Ronan Farrow, took the stage to induct award-winning songwriter Rick Nowels to the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Following the induction, Rick joined Violet Skies and Zac Rae for an intimate performance featuring some of Rick’s most recording-topping songs: “Heaven is a Place on Earth,” “Circle in the Sand,” “Rooms on Fire,” “You Get What You Give,” “The Power of Goodbye,” “White Flag,” “The Game of Love,” “I Follow Rivers,” and “Summertime Sadness.”

Prior to inducting R&B legend William “Mickey” Stevenson into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Smokey Robinson gave a soulful performance of “My Baby Loves Me.”  William “Mickey” Stevenson then brought the audience to their feet with a performance of his classic hit “Dancing in the Street.”

Emmy and Tony winner Bryan Cranston inducted Steve Miller, commending his friend for “50 years of Steve’s music playing gloriously, infectiously on the radio…Steve Miller is music history.” Miller performed his classic hit “Fly Like an Eagle” after taking the time to thank the Songwriters Hall of Fame, calling it “a good place. It’s educational and diverse. It’s fun, and it endures.”

Award-winning rapper Fabolous took to the stage to honor Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Lil Nas X with the Hal David Starlight Award, which is presented to young songwriters who are making a significant impact in the music industry with their original songs. Fabolous stated Lil Nas X has “That mark of fearlessness and relentlessness, one of the most imaginative voices in this generation, being only the second rapper ever to receive this award.”

Singer and Broadway star Leslie Odom Jr. took the stage to perform an electrifying version of “Work To Do” before inducting The Isley Brothers, praising the group for their contributions to the music industry that is felt across generations. The Isley Brothers then lit up the room with a show-stopping performance mixing four of their classics, “Who’s That Lady,” “Between The Sheets,” “It’s Your Thing,” and “Shout,” leaving the audience singing and clapping along to the chorus. 

R&B/ Pop Duo Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis inducted award-winning pair Pharrell Williams & Chad Hugo p/k/a The Neptunes, relating to them as “a collaborative balance that allows us to complement each other’s strengths and bring out the best in each other…that is the recipe for a strong songwriting duo.” Following their induction, Jon Batiste performed “I Need You” and “Milkshake” before being joined by special surprise guest Usher, who brought down the house with “U Don’t Have To Call.”

Questlove inducted Mariah Carey as the final inductee, applauding her for always being a serious songwriter and artist. After, Liamani Segura performed Mariah’s top hits to a standing ovation, including: “Fantasy,” “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” “Heartbreaker,” “We Belong Together,” and “Hero,” with Wayna Morris joining for “One Sweet Day.” Yolanda Adams closed the night with a spectacularly memorable performance of “Make it Happen” and “Fly Like a Bird.”