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John Legend, Joan Jett for Songwriter's Hall Of Fame ceremony

Natasha Bedingfield will also appear at the event

John Legend Live Earth Wembley Stadium 7 July 2007 Pic Guy Eppel
John Legend, Joan Jett and Natasha Bedingfield are among the first artists to sign on as presenters and/or performers at this year's 2008 Songwriters Hall of Fame gala this month at New York's Marriott Marquis Hotel.

Albert Hammond, a lifelong resident of Gibraltar, will be inducted by the Chief Minister, the Honorable Peter Caruana, QC at the event which will take place June 19.

As previously reported, Hammond, the father of The Strokes’ guitarist turned successful solo act Albert Hammond Jr, is British native who collaborated with Mike Hazelwood writing ‘Gimme Dat Ding’ for The Pipkins and ‘It Never Rains In Southern California’ which Hammond himself recorded.

Hammond also wrote international hit ‘Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now’ for Starship and Chicago's ‘I Don't Wanna Live Without Your Love’ in collaboration with Diane Warren. He also co-wrote ‘To All the Girls I've Loved Before’ made famous by Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias.

Hammond's songs have been recorded by a slew of superstars including Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker, Neil Diamond, Céline Dion, Art Garfunkel, The Hollies, Whitney Houston, Tom Jones, Johnny Mathis, Roy Orbison, Diana Ross and Tina Turner.

--By our New York staff.
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