2020 Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductees Revealed

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Mariah Carey photographed on Nov. 8, 2019 at Spring Studios in New York. 

Of course Mariah Carey is on the list.

The 2020 inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame were announced on CBS This Morning on Thursday (Jan. 16) and the honorees include one of the biggest pop stars of the modern era. CBS' Anthony Mason did the honors, beginning with Mariah Carey, whose record 19 solo No. 1 Hot 100 hits he touted, praising the singer for her "stunning five-octave range" and for co-writing most of her hits, including her recent long-awaited No. 1 holiday smash, "All I Want For Christmas Is You."

Also on the list were the Isley Brothers, best known for their smash hits "Shout," "It's Your Thing" and "That Lady," as well as 1980s new wave superduo Eurythmics -- which consisted of singer Annie Lennox and producer/guitarist Dave Stewart -- ("Sweet Dreams [Are Made of This]") and Rick Nowels (Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven is a Place on Earth," Dido's "White Flag" and collaborations with Madonna, Lana Del Rey, Adele, Sia and A$AP Rocky).

The inclusion of Lennox and Carey helps to address the gender imbalance in the Songwriters Hall of Fame, which, prior to this year, had inducted 439 songwriters, only 31 of whom were women (7%). Counting this year's 14 individual inductees, the Hall has 453 songwriters, 33 of whom are women.

Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo (aka The Neptunes), made the list for their undeniable sound and songwriting on hits by Nelly, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z, Clipse, Madonna and many more, as did Motown writing legend William "Mickey" Stevenson ("Devil with a Blue Dress On," "Dancing in the Street," "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted," "Stubborn Kind of Fellow"). Rocker Steve Miller will be inducted as well for his indelible run of huge hits in the 1970s and 80s, including "The Joker," "Jet Airliner," "Take the Money and Run," "Abracadabra," "Space Cowboy" and "Fly Like an Eagle."

Miller was on hand to accept the honor, saying it "feels delightful... it's really a great, great honor." Explaining why the nod was so important to him, the 76-year-old singer and guitar wizard said, "the songs are the most important part of everything. To be honored this way is unexpected."


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