CEO of Warner/Chappell Music, Jon Platt, accepted the honor on Jay Z’s behalf, making note of the historical significance of the honor. “The hip-hop community has a very long history of being told ‘You’re not songwriters. You’re not quite there yet,’ ‘It’s not your time yet.'”
Platt continued, “Well, to all the songwriters and artists from our community and our generation, Jay would want you to know that this induction is a signal that your time has come and your time is now. He would tell up-and-coming hip-hop artists today that there can be no mistake or question that you are indeed songwriters, and your gift cannot ever be overlooked. And Jay would want you to know that as proud as he is to be the first, he’s even more proud that he won’t be the last.”
Jay was clearly very excited, as he took to twitter following the ceremony to list -and thank- his influences. He thanked KRS-1, Andre 3000, past nemesis Nas, Tupac and Biggie, and newcomers Kendrick Lamar and sweetheart Chance the Rapper, as well.