Songwriters Hall of Fame inducts Mariah Carey, Eurythmics, Pharrell, Songwriters Hall of Fame,
Mariah Carey was inducted into the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside Pharrell, Steve Miller and the Isley Brothers.
After writing hit songs for at least 20 years, songwriters are eligible for induction into the hall that includes iconic songwriters such as Missy Elliott, Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen.
Questlove introduced Carey and regretted that all too often her songwriting chops were often overlooked.
This edition of the gala that honours the composers behind pop culture’s most indelible hits was years in the making, after the 51st annual edition originally slated for 2020 was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
A true industry award and who’s who of music, the Songwriters Hall of Fame gala foregoes a televised event in favour of a festive dinner and intimate concert.
But even without a broadcast, the Manhattan ballroom was reportedly glowing with star power, not least thanks to Carey, who strutted the stage in a glittering gown as she accepted the coveted honour.
Carey — whose songwriting talent has long been overshadowed by her elastic vocal range and pop star image — doubled as the night’s stand-up comedian.
She made light of her own reputation as high-maintenance, at one point donning sunglasses to make a point about the less than ideal lighting.
But she struck a more earnest note in celebrating her fellow inductees and songwriters more broadly, calling them “unsung heroes.”
For artist Jimmy Jam, who along with Terry Lewis produced a slew of massive hits including for Janet Jackson, Carey is among an elite class of songwriters whose work is timeless.