Justin Timberlake will be honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame as the second recipient of their Contemporary Icon Award. Timberlake will pick up the accolade at the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York City on 13 June.
The prize is bestowed upon a “songwriter-artist who has attained an iconic status in pop culture”. According to a press release from event organisers.
Rap legend Missy Elliott, folk veteran John Prine, British singer Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, and R&B writer/producer Dallas Austin, will be saluted as part of the Class of 2019.
Producer, Chic member and SHOF chairman Nile Rodgers said in a statement. “Justin is extraordinary. Like Michael Jackson and George Michael before him, he’s turned pop music into great art and made three or four of the most influential albums of the last 15 years. How? He knows the secret is extraordinary songs. He and Timbaland have defined an era.”
SHOF President and CEO, Linda Moran called Timberlake “multitalented and multifaceted, respected, admired and beloved by his fans and peers alike.”
An announcement for Timberlake’s honor cites the singer-songwriter’s credentials. Including over 32 million albums sold worldwide, 10 Grammy awards and 8 Number One Billboard hits (all of which he wrote or co-wrote).
Lady GaGa was named the first recipient of the Contemporary Icon Award in 2015.