Saturday, June 15, 2024

Lil Nas X Getting Songwriting Award Named for Hal David, Writer of Burt Bacharach Lyrics Now Turning in His Grave


This is really beyond belief.

Lil Nas X is going to get the Hal David Starlight Award for writing songs from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Hal wrote the lyrics to almost all of the Burt Bacharach songs like “I Say A Little Prayer,” “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” “Walk on By,” “One Less Bell to Answer,” “Close to You.” “Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head,” “A House is Not a Home,” and so on. Hal was a genius, a remarkable writer.

Lil Nas X, popular right now, wrote “Old Country Road,” “Montero,” and “Industry Baby.”

The Songwriters Hall of Fame should be ashamed of itself. It’s bad enough that Mariah Carey is getting an award as a songwriter on June 16th after her dozens of plagiarism settlements and complaints. But this is really the low point. There are so many great, real songwriters out there who have received no recognition from the Hall of Fame. How can anyone take this group seriously?

Lil Nas X, aka Montero Hill, is a hit singer right now, and his videos are certainly original. But his songwriting skills are lacking in so many ways, especially the lyrics,

You decide:

Hal wrote:

Lord, we don’t need another meadow
There are cornfields and wheatfields enough to grow
There are sunbeams and moonbeams enough to shine
Oh listen, Lord, if you want to know

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
No, not just for some, oh, but just for every, every, everyone

Lil Nas X wrote:

Uh, need to, uh
Need to get this album done
Need a couple number ones
Need a plaque on every song
Need me like one with Nicki now
Tell a rap nigga, “I don’t see ya”, ha
I’m a pop nigga like Bieber, ha
I don’t fuck bitches, I’m queer, ha
But these niggas bitches like Madea
Yeah, yeah, yeah (yeah)
Ayy, oh, let’s do it
I ain’t fall off, I just ain’t release my new shit
I blew up now everybody tryna sue me
You call me Nas, but the hood call me Doobie, yeah

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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