Songwriters Hall of Fame Nominates John

John has been nominated for induction into the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame.

For the second year in a row he’s been named in the Performing songwriter category, this time along with Bono (Paul Hewson)/The Edge (David Evans)/Adam Clayton/Larry Mullen (U2), Garth Brooks, Leonard Cohen, Elvis Costello, Dion DiMucci, David Gates (Bread), Yusuf Islam (formerly Cat Stevens), Tommy James, Lou Reed, Leon Russell, and Maurice White/Philip Bailey/Verdine White/Larry Dunn/Al McKay (Earth, Wind and Fire).

Ballots are now being sent to SongHall voting members. They are due back by Dec. 11, with the results to be announced next year.

Incidentally, there is a Non-Performing songwriter category as well. Those nominees are Tommy Boyce & Bobby Hart, Jackie DeShannon, Luther Dixon, David Foster, Mark James, Robert John “Mutt” Lange, Johnny Mandel, Jerry Ragovy & Bert Berns, Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones, Billy Sherrill, Joe South, and Paul Vance & Lee Pockriss.

Last year’s inductees were Eddie Brigati, Gerome Ragni, Stephen Schwartz, James Rado, Galt Mac Dermot, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Roger Greenaway, Roger Cook, Felix Cavaliere, Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi.

Based in New York, the Songwriters Hall of Fame was founded in 1969 by songwriter Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond. It celebrates songwriters, educates the public with regard to their achievements, and produces professional programs devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships.

Inductees have included such Tin Pan Alley era legends as Mercer and Irving Berlin, rock icons like Bob Dylan and Billy Joel, rhythm-and-blues greats such as James Brown and Curtis Mayfield, country stars including Kris Kristofferson and Dolly Parton, and contemporary pop tunesmiths like Jimmy Webb and Hal David and Burt Bacharach.

John participated in the 2005 induction ceremony when he inducted his friend John Fogerty.