New York, NY
Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Jimmy Webb announced today that Drake will
be the recipient of the prestigious Hal David Starlight Award, to be presented at the 42nd
Annual Induction and Awards Dinner slated for Thursday, June 16 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel
in New York City.
Drake is one of music’s brightest new stars lauded for his songwriting
prowess, melodious hooks and emotionally transparent performances. His genre-bending singing
and rapping abilities earned him a recording deal with Aspire/Young Money/Cash Money in 2009,
the same year The Recording Academy awarded him two Grammy® nominations ( Best Rap Solo
Performance and Best Rap Song) for his single “Best I Ever Had.” This opus, featured on his
mixtape/EP So Far Gone, spent more weeks perched at #1 on Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart
than any other debut single this decade.
Drake’s platinum selling debut, Thank Me Later, landed at #1 on Billboard’s
Top 200 chart with nearly 450,000 sold during its first week of release. This feat led to
four additional Grammy® nominations this year for Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Best Rap
Solo Performance (“Over”), and Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group (“Fancy” featuring T.I.
and Swizz Beatz). Drake’s skill of commanding a diverse audience through composition
solidifies his position in the pantheon of great songwriters of this generation.
“Drake shines as a talented songwriter with a unique vision,” commented SHOF
Chairman and legendary songwriter Jimmy Webb, “and we are pleased to honor him with the
prestigious Hal David Starlight Award.”
The Hal David Starlight Award, created in 2004, was renamed in honor of the
former SHOF Chairman, Hal David, for his longtime support of young songwriters. Award
recipients are gifted songwriters who are making a significant impact in the music industry
via their original songs. Drake joins the prestigious company of Rob Thomas, Alicia Keys,
John Mayer, John Legend, John Rzeznik, Jason Mraz and Taylor Swift - the past recipients of
the Hal David Starlight Award.
This comes from an exclusive press release from SHoF