Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, and Marvin Gaye led the inductees for the 2016 Songwriters Hall of Fame. The gala induction ceremony took place on June 9th at New York City’s Marriott Marquis Hotel. Also making the cut this year were Chic’s Nile Rodgers and the late-Bernard Edwards, Chip Taylor — brother of actor Jon Voight and uncle of Angelina Jolie — best known for writing “Angel Of The Morning” and the Troggs’ “Wild Thing,” and longtime Hall of Famer Lionel Richie, who received the coveted Johnny Mercer Award.
The B-52’s were on hand to perform and salute Sire Records founder Seymour Stein, who received the Howie Richmond Hitmaker Award, and pop star Nick Jonas performed and was awarded the Hal David Starlight Award.
Lionel Richie told us on the red carpet before the ceremony that the magic in music is all about the chords and notes — everything else is just window dressing: “Melody is king. No matter what you put on (it).
Whether you put on dance, whether you put any kind of rhythm to it. The bottom line is: turn everything off. Can you hum it? If you can sing it — it’s a song. If it becomes a gimmick, where every once in while you go, ‘Yeah, uh-huh. Yeah, uh-huh’ — that’s not a song.”