R.E.M., Blondie, Snoop Dogg Get Nods for Songwriters Hall
By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer
NEW YORK (AP) Bryan Adams, R.E.M., Blondie, Snoop Dogg, Gloria Estefan, Heart and The Doobie Brothers are among the nominees for the 2023 Songwriters Hall of Fame, part of a dazzling list of talented acts who left their mark on country, pop, rap, Broadway, post-punk, Latin and New Jack Swing.
The ballot includes the musical theater duo of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, who wrote Ragtime and Anastasia, as well as soul-jazz vocalist Sade, whose 1980s soft rock hits include Smooth Operator and The Sweetest Taboo.
Two veteran rock stars are also nominees: Patti Smith whose songs include Because the Night and Dancing Barefoot and Steve Winwood, whose hits include Higher Love and Roll With It. Vince Gill is once again a nominee, having first made the ballot in 2018.
Eligible voting members have until Dec. 28 to turn in ballots with their choices of three nominees from the songwriter category and three from the performing-songwriter category. The Associated Press got an early copy of the list.
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