KC & the Sunshine Band 's Harry Wayne Casey , Donovan , Cat Stevens , and The Kinks ' Ray Davies are among the nominees up for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame next year. Led Zeppelin 's Robert Plant and Jimmy Page , Heart 's Ann and Nancy Wilson and John Mellencamp also are in the running in the Performer/Songwriters category, as are Madonna , Cyndi Lauper , country veteran Vince Gill , and Chic 's Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards .
In the Non-Performer category, nominees for induction include Graham Gouldman , who co-wrote hits for The Yardbirds , The Hollies and Herman's Hermits before forming the band 10cc ; Motown songwriter/producer William "Mickey" Stevenson ; Mark James , who wrote some of Elvis Presley 's classic tunes; Tony Macaulay , who co-wrote memorable songs for The Foundations and The 5th Dimension ; and the writing teams of Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham , Hugo & Luigi , and Sandy Linzer and Denny Randell .
Eligible members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame have until December 16 to submit their votes for their favorite nominees. The 2014 Awards Gala will take place June 12 at the Marriott Marquis hotel in New York City.
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