NEW YORK — Marvin Gaye was remembered with touching words from his wife, James Corden told hilariously inappropriate jokes before introducing Nick Jonas, and Oscar-winning actor Jon Voight spoke highly of his brother and “Wild Thing” songwriter Chip Taylor at the 2016 Songwriters Hall of Fame induction and awards dinner.
Gaye and Taylor — along with Elvis Costello, Tom Petty and Chic (Nile Rodgers, Bernard Edwards) — were inducted into the Songwriters Hall in New York City on Thursday night. Jonas, record executive Seymour Stein and Lionel Richie — already in the Songwriters Hall — earned special honors.
The New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square was full of classic and contemporary songwriters. The night included live performances by Jennifer Hudson, the B-52’s, Marcus Mumford, Sister Sledge, Rachel Platten and Jussie Smollett of the hit Fox series, “Empire.”
Here are some of the night’s highlights.