Nick Jonas Is Honored By The Songwriters Hall Of Fame & He Definitely Deserves It
If I could ask everyone to turn off their judging brains for a second and just listen to me, I have something pretty embarrassing to say. Nick Jonas is being honored by the Songwriters Hall Of Fame, and I honestly can't think of anyone more deserving right now. And let me clarify, first of all, that I'm not actually embarrassed to hold this opinion; I think Nick Jonas is a very nice boy, and I very much enjoy his music. It's just that, every time I tell other people that, they look at me like I just announced I was tattooing "JOBROS 4EVA" on my forehead. (Guys, I'm not.)
But now I have some real-live experts standing behind my opinion, in the form of the good folks at the Songwriters Hall Of Fame. They're honoring Jonas with the Hal David Starlight Award at the Jun. 9 ceremony, an honor he will share with everyone from Taylor Swift to John Legend to Alicia Keys to John Mayer. To be clear, this doesn't mean that Jonas is actually getting inducted into the Hall of Fame; that privilege is being reserved to industry heavy-hitters like Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Nile Rodgers, and Chip Taylor at the 47th Annual Awards.
However, it does mean that some big deal people have their eye on him and are aware of his talents, which makes me feel pretty vindicated about all the times I talked him up at a party. Here's what Hall of Fame co-chairs Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff had to say in their statement:
Nick Jonas is one of the brightest and most versatile young talents on the American pop scene. A veteran of recording, television, movies and Broadway success ... he has been making his cultural mark in a variety of ways for more than a decade. Nick has literally grown up in public, and that growth is reflected in his songwriting and singing. He is a wonderful choice for the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s Hal David Starlight Award.
Honestly, I don't know if I could feel better if I was getting this award myself, that's how much I want to shout "I told you so!' in the faces of all the people who negged me about this. But, at the end of the day, it doesn't matter if you're the former member of a boy band or not, if you can get a song stuck in my head for six months straight ("Jealous", "Chains", "Levels", really anything he writes), then you deserve any and every award that comes your way.