The rapper Jay Z has been rewarded for his songwriting. He is the first rapper to enter the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Hall aims to, "preserve, honor and celebrate the legacy of the great songwriters whose work has enriched the world’s culture". Jay Z grew up in New York. He got into hip-hop and became one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has sold over 100 million albums. He is also a businessman. He owns a sports bar and a music streaming service.
Barack Obama talked about Jay Z. He said: "I am a fan and I've been listening to Jay Z since I was…young. I'm pretty sure I'm…the only president to listen to Jay Z's music in the [White House]." He called Jay Z a "true American original" and the "greatest rapper of all time". Jay Z's music publisher accepted the award for him. It said: "[Jay Z] would tell up-and-coming hip-hop artists today that there can be no mistake…that you are indeed songwriters."