NEW YORK — Elvis Costello, the late Marvin Gaye and Tom Petty are among the 2016 class of inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
An induction and awards dinner was held June 9 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square.
The class also included the songwriting team Nile Rodgers and the late Bernard Edwards and “Wild Thing” songwriter Chip Taylor.
Nick Jonas, record executive Seymour Stein and Lionel Richie earned special honors.
The night included live performances by Jennifer Hudson, the B-52’s, Marcus Mumford, Sister Sledge, Jussie Smollett and Rachel Platten.
Among the event’s highlights was an appearance by “The Late Late Show” host James Corden.
“Pleasure to be here at the Songwriters Hall of Fame. It’s like the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for people that didn’t get laid,” Corden said onstage as some members of the audience laughed. “Nothing says ‘true accolade’ like a Thursday night at a Marriott.”
The host of “The Late Late Show” also threw jabs at the set design, Nick Jonas and the B-52’s, who performed in honor of Seymour Stein, who signed the group as well as The Ramones, Madonna and other top acts.
But Corden didn’t just joke around.
“Nick Jonas is one of the nicest, most talented men I’ve ever met,” he said.
BEST QUOTES OF THE NIGHT
Elvis Costello: “I am probably the least commercially successful songwriter to be inducted.”
Tom Petty: “I’m sort of the rock ‘n’ roll white trash section of this show.”
Lionel Richie: “This is the best night of my entire career as a songwriter.”