Earth Wind and Fire, Bob Marley Inducted into Songwriters Hall

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Earth Wind & Fire and the late Bob Marley are among the 2010 inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, which will hold a ceremony Thursday (today) in New York City.

David Foster, who will also be inducted Thursday, cited “After the Love Has Gone,” a song he co-wrote for Earth, Wind & Fire, as one of the defining moments of his career.

“It was the first Grammy that I had won,” the 60-year-old told the Associated Press.

Former Genesis frontman Phil Collins, already a Songwriters Hall of Fame member, will receive its highest honour, the Johnny Mercer Award.

Country sensation Taylor Swift is getting the Hal David Starlight Award for emerging songwriters, while other hall inductees include Leonard Cohen, Jesse Stone, Laura Nyro, Jackie DeShannon, Johnny Mandel, Matt Dennis and Sunny Skylar.

The hall will also honour “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” written by Paul Simon, as it celebrates its 40th anniversary. Other special tributes include one for producer Phil Ramone and publisher Keith Mardak.