Indiana rock star John Mellencamp performs “Jack & Diane” as part of Thursday’s June 14th Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Nora Guthrie introduced Mellencamp at New York City’s Marriott Marquis. Provided by the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
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Nora Guthrie, daughter of iconic troubadour Woody Guthrie, praised John Mellencamp’s tenacious commitment to his musical identity during Thursday’s Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony.
Seymour, Ind., native Mellencamp entered the Songwriters Hall of Fame with six fellow inductees: Kool & the Gang, Alan Jackson, Jermaine Dupri, Bill Anderson, Allee Willis and Steve Dorff.
Guthrie introduced Mellencamp, the no-nonsense yet good-timing rock star who outlasted comparisons to Bruce Springsteen and Bob Seger to establish a respected career.
“John has written hundreds of meaningful, insightful and powerful songs that ripple with feelings that we all know — songs that comprise one of the most singular and important bodies of work in music,” Guthrie said. “And tonight we recognize that John Mellencamp, persistently and even doggedly anchored to his own unique identity and his own unique talent, now holds his own among the great songwriters.”
Mellencamp performed “Jack & Diane” and “Longest Days” for the audience gathered at New York City’s Marriott Marquis.
According to AmericanSongwriter.com, Mellencamp told an anecdote about his late grandmother that typically accompanies his live renditions of “Longest Days.”
Nicknamed “Buddy” by his nearly 100-year-old grandmother, Mellencamp said he was surprised in his mid-40s when she prayed to God about the two of them being ready to come home. “I’m not ready, Grandma. Buddy has more sinnin’ he plans on doing,” Mellencamp recalled Thursday. She replied, “Buddy, you’re going to find out that life is short, even in its longest days.”
Mellencamp, a 2008 inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, co-founded Farm Aid with Willie Nelson and Neil Young in 1985. The 66-year-old is a Grammy Award winner (1983 for “Hurts So Good”) and the recipient of the Billboard Century Award (2001), Huntington’s Disease Society of America’s Woody Guthrie Award (2003), Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement for Songwriting (2010) and John Steinbeck Award (2012).
John Mellencamp Receives Nomination For The Songwriters Hall Of Fame 2018
Penning some of the most recognizable, influential, and enduring anthems in the American Songbook, John Mellencamp has just received a 2018 nomination for the Songwriters Hall of Fame® in the “performing songwriters” category.
Eligible members may vote for three “non-performing songwriters” and three “performing songwriters” from now through to December 17, 2017. Upon tally of the votes, six songwriters will be inducted during the New York City Gala on June 18, 2018.
This adds to an impressive history of accolades and honours for Mellencamp. His signature plain spoken writing style and unmistakable delivery launched countless classics singles into the Top 10 such as Pink Houses, Jack and Diane, and Small Town.
To date, he has landed a total of 22 Top 40 hits in addition to earning the record for the “most #1 tracks by a solo artist on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks” chart. Among 13 GRAMMY® nominations, he garnered the award for “Best Male Rock Vocal Performance” in 1982. He would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame® during 2008. Notably, he co-founded Farm Aid in 1985, and it went on to raise over $50 million to support family farms nationwide by 2017. One of the most successful live concert performers in the world, John is also a recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, ASCAP Foundation’s Champion Award, The Woody Guthrie Award and Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award and more recently, the Founders Award, the top honour assigned by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers.
Earlier this year, his critically acclaimed 23rd full-length album Sad Clowns & Hillbillies featuring Carlene Carter—the daughter of June Carter Cash and stepdaughter of Johnny Cash—bowed at #1 on the Billboard Top American Albums Chart, #3 on the Top Rock Albums Chart (his best entry in a decade), and #5 on the Top Albums Chart. In addition, it became his fifth consecutive Top 20 album.