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Songwriters Hall Of Fame Now Includes Petty & Costello
by Jennifer Williams
Tom Petty and Elvis Costello will be among this year's inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The two will take part in the annual ceremony on June 9 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City, joined by the late Motown great Marvin Gaye, Chip Taylor -- best known for writing the Troggs' Wild Thing -- and the Chic team of Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards.
More inductees and special award honorees will be announced as well.
More notable, perhaps, are the names on the final ballot who did NOT make it into the Hall this year, a list that includes Jimi Hendrix, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, John Mellencamp, Steve Miller, Michael McDonald, Sly Stone and Madonna, among others.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame was co-founded in 1969 by Johnny Mercer and inductees are chosen by professional songwriters and music publishers.
Tom Petty performs onstage during the 5th Annual Sean Penn & Friends HELP HAITI HOME Gala Benefiting J/P Haitian Relief Organization at Montage Hotel on January 9, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
Elvis Costello of the New Basement Tapes performs at Capital Studios on November 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images)
Actress Nona Gaye performs a video duet with her late father, singer Marvin Gaye, during the NBA All-Star Saturday Night festivities in 2004 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
Recording artists Nile Rodgers (L) and Bernard Edwards of Chic perform onstage during the Warner Music Group annual GRAMMY celebration at Sunset Tower in 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Warner Bros.)
Chip Taylor performs at the 14th Annual Americana Music Festival & Conference - Festival - in 2013 in Nashville, United States. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for Americana Music Festival)
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.