NEW YORK (CelebrityAccess) — The Songwriters Hall of Fame announced that Justin Timberlake has been selected to receive the Contemporary Icon Award at the 50th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner.
“Justin is extraordinary. Like Michael Jackson and George Michael before him, he’s turned pop music into great art and made 3 or 4 of the most influential albums of the last 15 years. How? He knows the secret is extraordinary songs. He and Timbaland have defined an era,” said SHOF Chair Nile Rodgers in a statement announcing the award.
Over the course of his career, Timberlake has sold more than 32 million albums worldwide and performed live in front of millions of fans.
His songwriting credits include “Dead and Gone” with T.I., which won a Grammy in 2007, and “Say Something” with Chris Stapleton which Timberlake included on his most recent album Man of the Woods. He also wrote two more Top 10 hits, “Say Something” with Chris Stapleton, featured on his Man of The Woods album and “4 Minutes” with Madonna and frequent collaborator Timbaland for her 2008 Hard Candy album, of which he was also a co-producer. He has also written and co-written songs for the likes of Beyoncé (“Partition” and “Blow”), Rihanna (“Rehab”), Reba McEntire (“The Only Promise That Remains) and Ciara’s “Love Sex Magic.”
The awards will be presented in a ceremony on Thursday, June 13th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
Other inductees lined to be honored at this year’s event include Dallas Austin, Missy Elliott, Tom T. Hall, John Prine, Jack Tempchin & Yusuf / Cat Stevens. Master songwriter Carole Bayer Sager will be receiving the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award, iconic music publisher Martin Bandier is the Visionary Leadership Award recipient and Grammy Award-nominated multi-platinum singer/songwriter Halsey will receive the Hal David Starlight Award. Timberlake is the second recipient to ever receive the award, the first was Lady Gaga in 2015.