Jay-Z will be inducted as part of the hall’s class of 2017 alongside Max Martin, who has written songs for Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Ariana Grande.
Other inductees this year will include Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. The duo have written and produced number one singles for Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey and Usher, among many others.
Songwriters are eligible for induction after writing hit tracks for at least 20 years.
This explains why Jay-Z is being inducted now – as he recently passed the 20th anniversary of his debut album Reasonable Doubt, released in 1996.
Chic guitarist Nile Rodgers, who was one of last year’s inductees, said Jay-Z had “changed the way we listen to music”.
Madonna and George Michael were both nominated this year as well but weren’t chosen this time.