In the early 2000s, OutKast and The Neptunes created numerous hits through their own performance capabilities and for their peers. Nearly a decade later, both duos have the chance to get the recognition they deserve by being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. OutKast, a duo with Andre 3000 and Big Boi, have been nominated for the Performing Songwriters category.
This category also is home to other legends like The Isley Brothers and Mariah Carey. On the other hand, The Neptunes, a duo of producers Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, are placed in the Songwriters category. This category has nominees including William ‘Mickey’ Stevenson. Over the years, other hip-hop icons have been inducted into the Hall of Fame already. These icons include Jay-Z, Dallas Austin, Jermaine Dupri, and Missy Elliot.
The Neptunes are known for their iconic hits for various types of genres. Brittany Spears “I’m A Slave 4 U,” Jay-Z’s “I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me),” and Beyonce’s “Work It Out” are only a few. OutKast’s track record includes hits like “Hey Ya!” and the production of Lauryn Hill’s The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill.
The winners will not be announced until June 11th, 2020. Until then feel free to check out the full nominee list below:
Lynn Ahrens/Stephen Flaherty
Tommy Boyce/Bobby Hart
L. Russell Brown/Irwin Levine
Kye Fleming/Dennis Morgan
Chad Hugo/Pharrell Williams (aka The Neptunes)
William “Mickey” Stevenson
Ernie Isley/ Marvin Isley/O’Kelly Isley/Ronald Isley/ Rudolph Isley/Chris Jasper (aka The Isley Brothers)
Jonathan Cain/Steve Perry/Neal Schon (aka Journey)
Annie Lennox/David Stewart
Andre “Andre 3000” Benjamin/Antwan “Big Boi” Patton (aka OutKast)
Bill Berry/Peter Buck/Mike Mills/Michael Stipe (aka R.E.M)