By kathy Iandoli
Drake’s debut album may have been titled Thank Me Later, but the Songwriters Hall of Fame is thanking him now.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame – a subdivision of the National Academy of Popular Music since 1969 – has awarded the artist/actor with the Hal David Starlight Award, an award that has been in effect since 2004. Other recipients have included Alicia Keys, John Legend, John Mayer, and Taylor Swift.
“Drake shines as a talented songwriter with a unique vision,” legendary songwriter and Hall of Fame Chairman Jimmy Webb states. “We are pleased to honor him with the prestigious Hal David Starlight Award.”
Drake – who has admitted to doing most of his songwriting through his Blackberry – has not only penned lyrics for himself, but other artists like Alicia Keys, Lil Wayne and Jamie Foxx. He is even rumored to be dipping his pen in Dr. Dre’s long-awaited opus, Detox.
Per AOL Music’s the Boombox, Drake will be presented the award at the 42nd Annual Induction and Awards Dinner on June 16th, at New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel.
“Drake is one of music’s brightest new stars lauded for his songwriting prowess, melodious hooks, and emotionally transparent performances,” the press release for the award explains. “[His] skill of commanding a diverse audience through composition solidifies his position in the pantheon of great songwriters of this generation.”
Drake may have not taken home the Grammy Award he desired this year, but an award of this magnitude indicates a long, successful career ahead.