Clapton, Parton To Enter Songwriters’ Hall Of Fame

Willie Nelson, Diane Warren also will be inducted at June ceremony.

Three-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee Eric Clapton will find himself in the company of yet another pantheon of greats in June, when he’s inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame.

Clapton, who penned such hits as “Layla,” “Wonderful Tonight,” and “Tears in Heaven,” released his latest album, Reptile, earlier this month.

Country icons Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson and hit-maker Diane Warren will also be inducted during the June 14 ceremony in New York, where Billy Joel and Gloria Estefan will receive special awards.

“This event represents such a special night in the music industry, where great songwriters get to honor their peers,” former Burt Bacharach collaborator Hal David, CEO of the hall, said in a statement.

At last year’s ceremony, Paul McCartney inducted Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson, and Sean “Puffy” Combs inducted James Brown. McCartney, Brown, Hanson, Jill Sobule and Ben E. King all performed at the ceremony.

Performers for this year’s event have not yet been announced.