With a mix of intimacy, celebrity, heartfelt speeches and one-of-a-kind performances, the annual Songwriters Hall of Fame gala in New York has become a must-attend event for the biggest artists, composers and executives in the music business.While celebrations like the Grammy Awards and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony now are televised from arenas, the 49th class of the Songwriters Hall of Fame will be feted during a private dinner at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on June 14.It’s an event that draws headlines even when honorees can’t make it. JAY-Z, the first hip-hop songwriter recognized by the hall in June 2017, was unable to attend as his wife, Beyoncé, awaited the birth of their twins. But he was inducted via video – by former President Barack Obama.This year, Neil Diamond will be the 2018 recipient of the Johnny Mercer Award, named for the “Moon River” tunesmith who co-founded the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1969 with music publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond. Sara Bareilles will receive the Hal David Starlight Award, which is given to a rising young songwriter. Lucian Grainge, chairman/CEO of Universal Music Group, who began his career helping to pitch songs for a music… Read full this story
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