Writing songs may seem easy to a lot of us but it is very hard work and not as simple as folks think. If it was, everyone would probably do it. But it takes the right combination of talent, skill and opportunity to create a song that resonates with people all over the world and stands the test of time.

That's why only the best of the best songwriters make it into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame and they recently announced its slate of nominees for induction into the 2020 class according to The Associated Press. Leading the way (and LONG overdue) is The Isley Brothers.

The Isleys as you well know have penned some of the greatest R&B and crossover hits for close to half a century beginning with their first hit "Shout" in 1959 to "Its Your Thing", "That Lady" and "Fight The Power". Plus their songs have been sampled and covered THOUSANDS of times from various artists throughout the decades.

Other big names earning consideration for induction include:

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Mariah Carey is known for her amazing voice but did you know that she co-wrote and produced some of her biggest hits? “We Belong Together,” “Always Be My Baby,” “Fantasy,” “Touch My Body” and “Hero,” were all co-written by her.

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The incomparable ATLiens OutKast are nominees this year for their incredible catalog of hits and albums. Massive hits including "The Way You Move", "Hey Ya", "Ms. Jackson" and "So Fresh, So Clean" have earned them potential entry into The Hall Of Fame.

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The Neptunes, the creative, innovative production-songwriting duo of Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo who shaped pop and urban radio from the ’90s well into the 2000s thanks to crafting hits for Britney Spears, Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake, Usher and Beyoncé.

A songwriter with a notable catalog of songs qualifies for induction into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame 20 years after the first significant commercial release of a song. The 51st Annual Induction & Awards Gala happens on June 11, 2020, in New York City.


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