Alice Cooper and John Mellencamp

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Alice Cooper & John Mellencamp Among 2018 Songwriters Hall Of Fame Nominees

November 9, 2017

Every year, the Songwriters Hall of Fame honors artists, composers, and songwriters from around the world for their musical contributions. In order to be a candidate for induction, the songwriter must have at least twenty years’ experience as well as a portfolio of hit songs. For the class of 2018, John Mellencamp, Tom Waits, and shock rocker Alice Cooper are among the candidates.

One could describe Cooper as "over-qualified" for induction, as he continues to tour and has written over 27 studio albums in a career lasting over forty years. Not to mention his laundry list of hit songs like "I'm Eighteen," "School's Out," "Poison," "Hey Stoopid," "Feed My Frankenstein," and "No More Mr. Nice Guy."

John Mellencamp is a GRAMMY Award-winning songwriter, penning hits like “Jack and Diane” and “Hurt So Good.” Not only was he inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but his songs have received a litany of awards, from the Billboard Century Award to the Americana Lifetime Achievement Award.

As for Tom Waits, he wrote classics for Bruce Springsteen (“Jersey Girl”) and Rod Stewart (“Downtown Train”). The GRAMMY-winning musician has been covered by the Eagles, Bob Seger, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and more and was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2011.

The other artists nominated include Mariah Carey, Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders, and The Isley Brothers. See the full list of nominees here.