Timberlake to receive Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Contemporary Icon Award

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Singer and songwriter Justin Timberlake will receive the Contemporary Icon Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s 50th annual induction gala, scheduled for June 13, 2019 at New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel.

The award, according to the organisation’s website, recognises “a songwriter-artist who has attained an iconic status in pop culture”.

“Justin Timberlake is extraordinary,” said producer, Chic member and SHOF chairman Nile Rodgers in a statement. “Like Michael Jackson and George Michael before him, he has 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.”

‘Justin Timberlake is extraordinary. Like Michael Jackson and George Michael before him, he has 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 Chief Executive Officer Linda Moran called Timberlake “multitalented and multifaceted, respected, admired and beloved by his fans and peers alike”.

An announcement for Timberlake’s honour cites the singer-songwriter’s credentials – including over 32 million albums sold worldwide, 10 Grammy awards and eight #1 Billboard hits. He will become the second artist to receive the recognition, following Lady Gaga in 2015.

Other inductees at the 2019 event include Missy Elliott, Yusuf Islam, John Prine, Dallas Austin, Tom T Hall and Jack Tempchin.

Timberlake released his fifth studio album ‘Man of the Woods’, in 2018.