2018 Honorees of the Songwriters Hall of Fame The Songwriters Hall of Fame is known for highlighting some of the best songwriters in the music business. Unlike the Grammy Awards, which focus on the artists and performers, the Songwriters Hall of Fame gives due credit to the skilled composers and lyric writers working behind the scenes. Even if you don't personally connect with their music, these artists’ songs can provide you with the inspiration you need to help you write a soulful ballad or a chart-topping mega-hit. The induction took place on June 14th at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York...

Today's Best Rap & Hip-Hop Songwriters A Look At A Few Of The Greatest Songwriters In Hip-Hop Music Since rap and hip-hop music hit the Billboard charts in the 1980s with “Rappers Delight”, there has been a long list of talented rappers who have left their mark on the recording industry. Many of were influenced by the pioneers and legends of early rap, including Ice Cube, Tupac and Notorious B.I.G., who helped bring rap songs into the mainstream during the 1990s. Here's a closer look at a few of the greatest songwriters in hip-hop music who have achieved Billboard success: Eminem After bursting onto...

The History of Songwriting & Composing While music has brought joy to people's lives for hundreds of years, the role of songwriter and music composer has transitioned greatly over time as music genres evolved. Writing music today is undoubtedly a different experience than it was a hundred years ago. Let's take a trip back in time through the history of music to learn more about the process of songwriting throughout the years and discover some of the notable music composers in each era. Middle Ages Although the majority of the music composed during the Middle Ages has been destroyed over the years, we...

Should I Enter a Songwriting Contest? Songwriting contests and competitions can be a fun, relatively painless way of getting feedback on your song. At Music City SongStar, if you place in the top 25, you can earn cash (always a good thing) and prizes. If you place in the top 4, you get a chance to play in our Awards show. For every semi-finalist finisher and above, you can use the graphic we send you to push out on your socials. It’s another credit to your name to put in your parenthesis. It can also keep you motivated, keep you focused...

Meet Today's POP Songwriters Although you will likely recognize their songs, you may not know the names or faces of many of the best songwriters in pop music today. While some artists write and perform their own music, often times there is a different songwriter behind the scenes penning the hits and passing them along to a superstar to record. It's often the case that the term famous songwriters is a bit of an oxymoron but we want to give these pop songwriters the credit they deserve. Here are some of the top songwriters in the world of modern pop music and...