Atlanta Hip-hop duo Outkast has been announced as nominees for the 2020 Songwriters Hall of Fame alongside production-songwriting duo The Neptunes.
The Songwriters Hall gave The Associated Press the nominee list on Tuesday (Nov. 5), a day prior to its official announcement.
Also included in the 2020 class are the Isley Brothers and Mariah Carey who co-wrote 17 of her 18 No. 1 hits, as Billboard reports.
Last year, the pop star also earned her first Songwriters Hall nomination.
In the mid-90s Outkast who is comprised of Andre 3000 and Big Boi emerged from hip-hop, garnering both commercial and critical success with their albums Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, ATLiens, Aquemini and Stankonia.
Outkast achieved cross-over status with their jazz and rock-infused 2003 double album Speakerboxxx/The Love Below.
Natives of Virginia, The Neptunes who are Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, have been producing and songwriting for pop, rap, and R&B stars such as Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani, Kelis, and Usher, among others since the early 90s.
They even assisted Britney Spears’ breaking out of her good-girl image with Spears’ 2001 single “I’m A Slave 4 U.” They have also written and produced songs for Carey, Madonna, Common, Busta Rhymes, Toni Braxton, Solange, Faith Evans, Ciara, 702, and the Clipse.
If Outkast and The Neptunes get inducted into the 2020 Songwriters Hall of Fame, they could both join the exclusive list of hip-hop contenders in the Songwriters Hall: Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, and Jermaine Dupri.