The Songwriters’ Hall of Fame has announced its 2016 inductees: Elvis Costello, Marvin Gaye, Tom Petty, Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards, and Chip Taylor.
For most of the above names, you’re probably thinking, “How the hell aren’t they hall-of-fame songwriters already?” We hardly need to go into the details of what Marvin Gaye did for soul and Motown, or what Tom Petty did for roots rock, or what Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards did for disco and dance-pop with Chic. Elvis Costello’s career spans four decades of compelling lyricism and pop hits, including the seminal “Alison,” and Chip Taylor penned “Wild Thing” and hundreds of other songs, working with artists across many genres over the past 50 years.
The induction ceremony will take place on Jun. 9 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. If you can spring $1,250 for admission, you can be there. Meanwhile, enjoy this clip of Elvis Costello performing his hit “I’ll Never Fall In Love Again” in Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.