The Songwriters Hall of Fame has revealed some of the stars who will be participating in its 2013 induction gala, scheduled to take place June 13 in New York City. Billy Joel, Sting and Motown legend Smokey Robinson are among the luminaries who will serve as performers or presenters at the bash, which will be held at the Marriot Marquis Hotel.
Other music celebrities set to participate in the ceremony include Scandal‘s Patty Smyth, famed producer/singer Peter Asher, Matchbox Twenty‘s Rob Thomas and Nickelback‘s Chad Kroeger.
This year’s inductees also will be on hand, including Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith, Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner, frequent Eagles collaborator JD Souther and pop-rock hitmaker Holly Knight. Elton John and Bernie Taupin will be receiving the special Johnny Mercer Award at the ceremony as well, but so far, they haven’t been confirmed to attend.
While it’s not clear who’ll be presenting or performing for whom, it’s probably safe to assume that Joel and Sting will pay tribute to Elton, since they’re buddies and all. Robinson likely will pay tribute to Motown founder Berry Gordy, who’s receiving the Pioneer Award. Kroeger or Thomas may very well be tapped to sing some Aerosmith or Foreigner numbers. It’s also a good bet that Smyth will salute Knight, who wrote the Scandal smash “The Warrior.” These details, however, are usually not revealed until the night of the ceremony.
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