The Songwriters Hall of Fame was started in 1969 by songwriter Johnny Mercer and publishers Abe Olman and Howie Richmond to shine the spotlight on the accomplishments of songwriters.
It is not connected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Lynne was inducted into the latter in 2017 as a member of the band he co-founded - Electric Light Orchestra (ELO).
Each year, multiple songwriters are inducted at an Awards Gala. In 2022, the likes of Mariah Carey, Pharel Williams, the Isley Brothers were among the inductees.
This year, Lynne, 75, will join other inductees like Sade, Glen Ballard, Snoop Dogg, Gloria Estefan, Teddy Riley, and Liz Rose. The gala night will take place in the summer in New York City.
Lynne rose to fame with the popularity of his rock band ELO. He’s written, arranged and produced many hits with ELO including ‘Mr. Blue Sky’, ‘Don’t Bring Me Down’, ‘Evil Woman’, ‘Livin’ Thing’, ‘Telephone Line’. His work with The Traveling Wilburys and with Roy Orbison (‘You Got It’) and Tom Petty (‘I Won’t Back Down’ and ‘Free Fallin’) are also being honoured.