2013 Songwriters Hall Inductees Include Aerosmith, Foreigner Members
June 14, 2013 at 4:31 AM (PT)
AEROSMITH's STEVEN TYLER and JOE PERRY and FOREIGNER's MICK JONES and LOU GRAMM were among the artists inducted into the SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME last night. CBS NEWS reports additional 2013 inductees include "songwriters HOLLY KNIGHT, JD SOUTHER and TONY HATCH. KNIGHT wrote the PAT BENATAR hit, 'Love Is a Battlefield,' as well as songs for TINA TURNER, including 'The Best.' SOUTHER, who has a part in the TV series 'Nashville,' was behind many of THE EAGLES' hits, including 'Heartache Tonight' and 'Best of My Love.' HATCH, meanwhile, worked with PETULA CLARK on the songs 'Downtown' and 'My Love'."
The ceremony also featured appearances by BILLY JOEL, WIZ KHALIFA, ALISON KRAUSS, CHAD KROEGER of NICKELBACK, SMOKEY ROBINSON, PATTY SMYTH, JORDIN SPARKS, STING, ROB THOMAS and members of the TONY award-winning "MOTOWN The Musical."
MOTOWN founder BERRY GORDY was presented with the Pioneer Award. In a recent interview with CBS News' "Sunday Morning," GORDY recalled songwriting in a story about signing THE MIRACLES, "I met a guy called SMOKEY ROBINSON who had great talent. He was a wonderful poet, but he didn't know how to write songs. They would go on and on and on, for days! And so I really taught him how to write a simple song -- front, middle and end," he told CBS.