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Steven Tyler and Joe Perry Picked for Songwriters Hall of Fame

Foreigner's Mick Jones and Lou Gramm are also among this year's inductees

Steven Tyler and Joe Perry of Aerosmith in New York City.
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February 22, 2013 10:20 AM ET

Aerosmith's Joe Perry and Steven Tyler will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, alongside Mick Jones and Lou Gramm of Foreigner, Holly Knight, JD Souther and Tony Hatch, The Associated Press reports. The ceremony is set to take place June 13th in New York.

Tyler and Perry have been responsible for some of the biggest rock & roll staples of the past 40 years, including "Walk This Way," "Back in the Saddle" and "Dream On." The band released their 15th studio LP, Music From Another Dimension, last year, after Tyler's two-season stint as a judge on American Idol.

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Jones and Gramm wrote Foreigner's biggest hits, including rockers like "Jukebox Hero" and ballads such as "I Wanna Know What Love Is" – as well as songs that fall somewhere in between, like "Cold As Ice." 

Knight is best known for penning Pat Benatar's anthemic hits "Love Is a Battlefield" and "Invincible." Her other credits include Tina Turner classics "The Best" and "Better Be Good to Me," as well as Patty Smyth's "The Warrior." 

Souther keeps busy these days with his recurring role as Watty White on Nashville, though he's also been a longtime songwriting partner of the Eagles, scoring credits on some of their biggest tunes, including "Heartache Tonight," "Victim of Love" and "New Kid in Town." 

A crucial producer and songwriter during the British invasion, Hatch was as a staff producer at Pye Records and worked with bands like the Searchers and even helped on a few early singles by David Bowie; he also teamed with Petula Clark on her hits "Downtown" and "My Love."

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