Legendary Hip Hop group Outkast — Big Boi and André 3000 — and super producers TheNeptunes — Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo — have been nominated for the 2020 Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Even though both duos have been relatively dormant in Hip Hop music in recent years, their contributions to Hip Hop could place them amongst the inductees for next year’s ceremony.
— SongHall (@SongwritersHOF) November 6, 2019
Outkast was placed in the Performing Songwriters category alongside Mariah Carey and the Isley Brothers. The Neptunes were placed in the Songwriter category along with Motown’s William “Mickey” Stevenson. The induction ceremony has been set for June 11, 2020.
If both duos became inductees, they would join Hip Hop luminaries JAY-Z, Jermaine Dupri, Dallas Austin and Missy Elliott.
Over the past few years, both groups have experienced a resurgence within Hip Hop and mainstream culture. The Neptunes released their latest N.E.R.D. album No One Really Ever Dies in 2017 while producing for the likes of The Carters, Ariana Grande and Nas.
The Neptunes recently saw the worldwide release of Kelis’s 2001 album Wanderland while being sampled by up-and-coming rapper Rubi Rose.
Outkast has performed sporadically over the years since releasing 2005’s Idlewild. The duo recently made headlines again due to an Atlanta mural paying homage to their legacy.