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The annual honor is presented to "industry veterans who are acknowledged as pioneers in their craft, whose body of work over time has been substantial, enduring and influential, and whose success and contributions over a lifetime have inspired the music community."
In addition to Midler's honor, 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.
Performers and presenters for the evening include Dave Grohl, Stevie Nicks, Kenny Rogers, Lyle Lovett, Meat Loaf, Emmylou Harris, Cheyenne Jackson, Constantine Maroulis, L.P., Jerry Moss and Take 6.
"Bette Midler captivated the world early in her long career with her stylish presentation and unmistakable voice, making each song her own, and turning them into pure gold," said SFO chairman Jimmy Webb in a previous statement. "It will be our great pleasure to honor her at our annual awards gala with the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award."
Tickets for the Songwriters Hall of Fame event begin at $1,000 each, and are available by phoning (212) 573-6933. Net proceeds from the event will go toward the Songwriters Hall of Fame programs.