The Neptunes will officially be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year. The 2020 inductees were announced Thursday morning (January 16) on CBS This Morning.
In addition to Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, Mariah Carey, Steve Miller, The Eurythmics, Motown writing legend William “Mickey” Stevenson and The Isley Brothers will also receive the honor. Outkast, who received a nomination, didn’t make the cut.
Hugo recently noted The Neptunes were back in effect and working with artists such as JAY-Z, Lil Nas X and Brandy. Over the years, they’ve penned hits for everyone from Nelly and Britney Spears to Justin Timberlake and Madonna.
The induction ceremony has been set for June 11, 2020.
[This article has been updated. The following was published by Adreon Patterson on November 8, 2019.]
Even though both duos have been relatively dormant in Hip Hop music in recent years, their contributions to Hip Hop could place them amongst the inductees for next year’s ceremony.
— SongHall (@SongwritersHOF) November 6, 2019
Outkast was placed in the Performing Songwriters category alongside Mariah Carey and the Isley Brothers. The Neptunes were placed in the Songwriter category along with Motown’s William ‘Mickey’ Stevenson. The induction ceremony has been set for June 11, 2020.
If both duos became inductees, they would join Hip Hop luminaries JAY-Z, Jermaine Dupri, Dallas Austin, and Missy Elliott.
Over the past few years, both groups have experienced a resurgence within Hip Hop and mainstream culture. The Neptunes released their latest N.E.R.D. album No One Really Ever Dies in 2017 while producing for the likes of The Carters, Ariana Grande and Nas.
Outkast has performed sporadically over the years since releasing 2005’s Idlewild. The duo recently made headlines again when an Atlanta mural was created, paying homage to their legacy.