Cyndi Lauper Among Nominees for Songwriters Hall of Fame
Lauper, who picked up the Tony Award for her score for Broadway's Kinky Boots, is one of music's most beloved icons, and has racked up global record sales of over 50 million (and 14 Grammy nominations). She has won countless awards, from a Grammy and an Emmy to numerous honors for her tireless activism through her True Colors Fund.
Lauper has released 11 studio albums, with her most recent, the Grammy nominated Memphis Blues, ruling the Billboard Blues chart for 14 consecutive weeks to become the best-selling Blues album of 2010. Overall, during her storied music career, Lauper has been nominated for 14 Grammy Awards, 2 American Music Awards, 7 American Video Awards and 18 MTV Awards.
Also included on this year's distinquished nominees list are Madonna, Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Kinks leader Ray Davis, John Mellencamp, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart and Nile Rodgers. Sade, Linda Perry, Jim Weatherly and William "Mickey" Stevenson in the nonperforming songwriter category, and Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham for writing duos. Songwriter Mark James is also among this year's nominees along with Don Robertson, Graham Gouldman and Tony Macaulay.
Eligible voters have until December 16th to pick two nominees from the songwriter-performer list and three from the nonperformer list. The 2014 Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction will be held at the New York Marriott Marquis on June 12th.
About the Songwriters Hall of Fame
Established in 1969, the Songwriters Hall of Fame honors those whose work represents a spectrum of the most beloved songs from the world's popular music songbook. Songwriter Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond who founded the organization wanted to shine the spotlight on the accomplishments of songwriters who have provided us with the words and music that form the soundtrack of our lives.
Each year the Hall of Fame inducts a slate of songwriters voted on by the membership at an Awards Gala that has been recognized by the music industry and the media as the most important of the year. In this digital age, the Hall of Fame has put together an award-winning online museum to honor songwriters who have been inducted. This has become a leading destination for music industry professionals and researchers, along with popular music fans.
Out of the tens of thousands of successful songwriters of our era, there are fewer than 400 inductees who make up the impressive roster enshrined in the Hall of Fame.
The list includes Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland, Albert Hammond, Desmond Child, Paul Williams, Hal David and Burt Bacharach, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, Isaac Hayes and David Porter, Richard and Robert Sherman, Carole King, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John, Bernie Taupin, BrIan Wilson, James Taylor, JAmes Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Curtis Mayfield, Jim Croce, Phil Collins, Alan and Marilyn Bergman, Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Webb, Van Morrison, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Diane Warren and Leonard Cohen among many others.
For the last several years, the music industry focus every June has been on the "Songwriters Hall of Fame Week." During this special week culminating with the Annual Awards gala, the Hall of Fame sponsors other activities, one being the latest in the series of acclaimed "Master Class" events, in which songwriters the likes of Hal David and Jimmy Webb talk about their craft and answer questions posed by the audience. During the course of each year, the Hall of Fame hosts many special series, including the groundbreaking "Words About Music." This is part of an offering of conversations and music, providing a unique look at some of America's most admired songwriters, lyricists and composers.