'Babyface,' Max Martin honored at Songwriters Hall of Fame induction in New York (10 images)

Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, pop music songwriter Max Martin, Motown founder Berry Gordy, and members of the band Chicago were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame during a ceremony at the New York Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City on June 15.

Also inducted was hip hop mogul Jay Z, whose introduction was provided by former president Barack Obama. "I'm pretty sure I'm the only president to listen to Jay Z's music in the Oval Office. That may change at some point but I'm pretty sure it's true now," Obama said in his pre-recorded speech.
Updated: June 16, 2017 at 9:32 AM
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Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds has had more than 26 number-one hits and won 11 Grammy Awards. He's written songs for Beyonce, TLC, Whitney Houston, Justin Bieber, and Ariana Grande. Photo by Dennis Van Tine/UPI
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Swedish songwriter Max Martin (R) and his wife, Jenny Petersson, arrive for the ceremony. Since 1999, 22 of Martin's songs have made it to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, including hits for Britney Spears, The Backstreet Boys, NSYNC, The Weeknd, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Maroon 5. Photo by Dennis Van Tine/UPI
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Legendary Mowtown songwriter Smokey Robinson attends the ceremony. He was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1989, two years after his induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Photo by Dennis Van Tine/UPI
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Film songwriter Alan Menken was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008. He has written award-winning songs for "Aladdin," "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Little Mermaid." Photo by Dennis Van Tine/UPI
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Singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran was honored by the Songwriters Hall of Fame with the Hal David Starlight Award for his impact on the music industry. Photo by Dennis Van Tine/UPI
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Desmond Child, who has worked with Kiss, Cher and Aerosmith, among many others, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2008. Photo by Dennis Van Tine/UPI
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Kenneth Gamble, half of the songwriting team Gamble and Huff, is credited with helping pioneer the Philadelphia soul sound. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995. Photo by Dennis Van Tine/UPI
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