By Michael Gioia
31 May 2012
Also set to perform and/or present at the ceremony, which will be held in Times Square at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, are Meat Loaf (The Rocky Horror Show, Hair), Dave Grohl, Stevie Nicks, Kenny Rogers, Lyle Lovett, Emmylou Harris, L.P., Jerry Moss and Take 6.
Fantasticks and 110 in the Shade writers Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones are being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside Jim Steinman (Whistle Down the Wind), Gordon Lightfoot, Bob Seger and Don Schlitz. The inductees were previously announced in February.
Also honored at the event will be Grammy Award winner Bette Midler with the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award, singer Ne-Yo with the Hal David Starlight Award and Lance Freed with the Abe Olman Publisher Award; the first-ever Pioneer Award will be posthumously awarded to Woody Guthrie. "Stand By Me" is the Towering Song with co-writer Ben E. King being honored with the Towering Performance Award.
Established in 1969, the Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) "serves as a vital bridge between music’s past and future. In the Hall, musical pioneers are enshrined and celebrated, while the organization’s music community outreach grooms the next generation of troubadours."
The Marriott Marquis is located at 1535 Broadway. Tickets for the event begin at $1,000 each and are available through Buckley Hall Events at (212) 573-6933. Net proceeds from the event will go toward the Songwriters Hall of Fame programs.
For more information visit SongWritersHallofFame.org.