Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Karma: Jay Z Skips His Own Controversial Induction into Songwriters Hall of Fame


Well, well. The Songwriters Hall of Fame insisted on inducting Jay Z, who doesn’t actually write songs. And what did he do? He didn’t show up for the ceremony. The “reason” floating around on the internet is that Beyonce is about to give birth to twins.

Of course, Jay Z could have flown back and forth from L.A. to New York on his private plane. But, no. SHOF bad karma knocked out someone who shouldn’t have gotten the award in the first place. Jay Z is many things, but songwriter is not one of them.

On Twitter, Jay Z thanked a bunch of rappers. But he doesn’t explain how he writes these ‘songs’ or how he chooses samples of other people’s music to underscore his rap lyrics.

Here’s an old interview with Jay Z that sheds some light on these things

Meantime, across town Elvis Costello put on a great show at Central Park Summerstage. Downtown, Norm Lewis and Carole Carmelo had a press night in their extraordinary off Broadway performance of “Sweeney Todd.” So there were plenty of more fulfilling things going on around town.

Some other guests at the SHOF dinner were Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, Ed Sheeran, Usher, Pitbull, and Jon Bon Jovi.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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