Rapper and business mogul, Sean Carter aka Jay Z has been honoured with an induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
He was inducted alongside smooth R&B songwriter Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Motown founder and songwriter Berry Gordy, Atlanta-based producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Chicago band members Robert Lamm & James Pankow, Swedish pop wizard Max Martin. Also, special awards were given to composer Alan Menken (the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award), Ed Sheeran (the Hal David Starlight Award for young talent), Pitbull (the first-ever Global Ambassador Award) and music publisher Caroline Bienstock (the Abe Oleman Publisher Award).
Jigga, 46 becomes the first rap artiste to receive the award and his induction was done by former US president, Barack Obama who gave his speech via a surprise video, saying “I’m pretty sure I’m still the only President to listen to Jay Z’s music in the Oval Office. Nobody who met us as younger men would have expected us to be where we are today.”
Although he was absent at the event due to Beyonce’s imminent birth of their twins, his award was accepted on his behalf by Warner Chappell Music Publishing CEO Jon Platt for Carter.
Watch Barack Obama induction video speech