The pop hitmaker will be contending with the likes of George Harrison, Madonna and Berry Gordy for the 2016 induction
George Harrison, Marvin Gaye, Jimi Hendrix, Madonna, Tom Petty and John Mellencamp are among the A-list contenders nominated for the 2016 Songwriters Hall of Fame, but Swedish pop hitmaker Max Martin is one of the few currently active non-performing songwriters to be nominated. Martin has co-written No 1 hits for Britney Spears, Katy Perry, The Weeknd and Taylor Swift.
Other non-performing songwriters nominated include Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Berry Gordy, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Teddy Riley, Rudy Clark, Dallas Frazier, John D. Loudermilk, Bob McDill, Chip Taylor, Curly Putman and Rod Temperton, who wrote Michael Jackson’s Thriller, Rock With You and Off the Wall.
Blondie, Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards, Gloria Estefan, The Isley Brothers and Sly Stone are also up for the top honour. Other performing nominees also include Michael McDonald, Tom T. Hall, Jeff Lynne and Steve Miller, while Lionel Bart, Bert Berns and Roger Miller are among the deceased nominees.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame gave The Associated Press a list of the nominees in advance of the official announcement, set for Tuesday 13 October. The 2016 Songwriters Hall of Fame Annual Induction and Awards Gala will take place on 9 June 2016 in New York City. For more details, visit songwritershalloffame.org