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Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Sade, Heart's Wilson Sisters Among Nominees for Songwriters Hall of Fame

Songwriters Hall of FameIt could turn out to be a real ladies' night at next year's Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony.  Among the nominees for induction are Madonna, Cyndi Lauper, Sade, and Ann & Nancy Wilson of Heart.  Songwriter Linda Perry, who once fronted the band 4 Non Blondes and later went on to write hits for Pink and Christina Aguilera, is also up for induction.

Of course, there are some male artists on the ballot as well, including John Mellencamp, Cat Stevens, Chic's Nile Rodgers, Harry Wayne Casey of KC & the Sunshine Band, folk star Donovan, The Kinks' Ray Davies, country star Vince Gill, and Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant and Jimmy Page.

In the Non-Performer category, the names on the ballot include Graham Gouldman, who co-wrote hits for The Yardbirds, The Hollies and Herman's Hermits before forming the band 10cc; Motown songwriter/producer William "Mickey" Stevenson; Mark James, who wrote some of Elvis Presley's classic tunes; and the writing teams of Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham, Hugo & Luigi, and Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell.

The members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame will vote on who'll get the honors; their final ballots are due on December 16.  The winners will be inducted June 12 in New York City.

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