Lil Nas X to be honoured at 2022 songwriters hall of fame gala
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Lil Nas X to be honoured at 2022 songwriters hall of fame gala

May 31, 2022 Share



Mariah Carey, The Neptunes, The Isley Brothers, and Annie Lennox will also be awarded at the ceremony. 

Rapper, Lil Nas X will be honoured at the Songwriters Hall Of Fame 2022 (SHOF) ceremony in June. He will be presented with the Hal David Starlight Award, an honour which recognises “gifted young songwriters who are making a significant impact in the music industry via their original songs”. 

The Montero hitmaker, joins the previous honourees Drake, Taylor Swift, Halsey, Sara Bareilles, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Benny Blanco, John Mayer and others.

Hal David Starlight Award, created in 2004, was named in honour of SHOF Chairman Emeritus Hal David for his support of young songwriters. 

SHOF ceremony will take place at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York on June 16. Along with Nas, several major figures such as Mariah Carey, The Neptunes, The Isley Brothers, and Annie Lennox will also be honoured at the ceremony. 

Additionally, master songwriter Paul Williams will receive the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award and Chairman & CEO of Universal Music Publishing Group, Jody Gerson will receive the Abe Olman Publisher Award. 

SHOF chair Nile Rodgers said in a statement: “Lil Nas X is someone we are very proud to award the Hal David Starlight Award to. He has perhaps better than anyone demonstrated how powerful great songs are, with Old Town Road and Montero dominating the charts for almost every day of the last three years. 

“If you’re lucky enough to be alive at this time, you know exactly who Lil Nas X is and he’s an incredible and inspirational person for every one of his communities as well.”

Elsewhere, President & CEO Linda Moran added: “Lil Nas X’s thought-provoking multi-genre song/musical style — described as pop-rap, hip-hop, country rap, trap, pop-rock, pop, and rock — speaks soundly to diverse generations of fans. He is certainly worthy of joining the esteemed list of past Starlight Award honorees.”

Nas’s first single, Old Town Road was recorded for just $50 in a small studio in Atlanta and became the longest-running No. 1 hit in Billboard Hot 100 history. Since then, he has morphed his music – expanding from the country-hip-hop to R&B, rock and other genres. 

Last month, the Industry Baby hitmaker announced that he will be heading out on the road for his Long Live Montero tour. He will kick off his tour in North America at The Fillmore in Detroit on September 6 and will make stops in Chicago, Nashville, Boston, New York, Toronto, Miami, Washington, Philadelphia, Orlando, and Los Angeles before wrapping up in San Francisco at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on October 23. 

He will then head out to Europe for a run of dates – starting in Amsterdam on November 8, taking in shows in Berlin, Hamburg, Paris, Brussels and ending in Barcelona on November 17. Among the European dates, he will also head to London for his one-off UK show at Eventim Apollo on November 12. 

Tickets for Long Live Montero are available now. You can grab your spot for the North American and Europe tour at and for the London one-off show at

Here’s the full list of the dates: 


SEPTEMBER 6: The Fillmore, Detroit

SEPTEMBER 10: Byline Bank Aragon Ballroom, Chicago


SEPTEMBER 18: MGM Music Hall at Fenway, Boston

SEPTEMBER 20: Radio City Music Hall, New York

SEPTEMBER 22: The Met, Philadelphia 

SEPTEMBER 25: The Anthem,Washington 

SEPTEMBER 27: Coca-Cola Roxy, Washington


OCTOBER 1: Nashville Municipal Auditorium, Nashville

OCTOBER 3: Hard Rock Live, Orlando

OCTOBER 4: James L Knight Center, Miami 

OCTOBER 18: YouTube Theater, Los Angeles

OCTOBER 21: Arizona Federal Theatre, Phoenix

OCTOBER 23: Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, San Francisco


NOVEMBER 8: AFAS Live, Amsterdam 

NOVEMBER 9: Max-Schmeling Halle, Berlin

NOVEMBER 10: Sporthalle, Hamburg

NOVEMBER 12: Eventim Apollo, London

NOVEMBER 14: Zenith, Paris

NOVEMBER 15: Palais 12, Brussels

NOVEMBER 17: Sant Jordi Club, Barcelona

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