Not all Hall of Fames are created equal. For whatever reason, I fight against getting triggered when the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame announces their nominees… every time. Since Pat Benatar got in, I’ve been a little more relaxed about it, but still, so many bands have been overlooked for years. Is the Jann Wenner effect to blame? Only time will tell. The bottom line: this isn’t a story about what Rock Hall is doing wrong. This is about what the Songwriters Hall of Fame is doing right. Songwriters Hall of Fame nominees 2024 have been announced and I feel fine.
How Does The Process Work?
To be eligible for the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, 20 years need to pass from the time of the artist’s initial contribution (song). They also need to have a “notable song catalog.” The Songwriters Hall of Fame has a category for performing and non-performing songwriters (my list is focused on the rock performer side). They also have a bunch of specialty awards. Eligible voting members have until December 27 to get their votes in for three nominees in each of the two categories.
About The Songwriters Hall of Fame
The Songwriters Hall of Fame was founded in 1969. Since then, less than 500 people have been inducted. The air around this hall seems to be far different than some others. Remember when Steve Miller went OFF at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony? According to The New York Times, Steve said of the experience, “They need to respect the artists they say they’re honoring, which they don’t.”
Steve Miller was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2022. CBS News reported Steve Miller as saying, “It’s overwhelming because … all of these guys are just off the charts.” There’s a BIG difference in Steve’s words describing the two experiences.
I could discuss this all day, so without further adieu…
8 Rock Songwriters Hall of Fame Nominees 2024