Toby Keith and Bobby Braddock are part of an elite group of songwriters being inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year.

The country music tunesmiths join Jerry Garcia and lyricist Robert Hunter, the duo behind numerous Grateful Dead hits; blues legend Willie Dixon; Cyndi Lauper and Linda Perry.

"Our 2015 lineup of inductees represents the rich diversity of American musical styles -- rock, country, blues and pop -- that have captivated the world over the past six decades," Songwriters Hall of Fame President and CEO Linda Moran says in a statement. "Each one of these brilliant music creators have written instantly recognizable classics, songs that are both of their time and timeless."

Keith has penned many of his own hits, including his debut single, "Should've Been a Cowboy," "You Shouldn't Kiss Me Like This," "I Love This Bar," "Who's Your Daddy" and "Hope on the Rocks." He has sold more than 40 million albums and is a three-time recipient of the BMI Country Songwriter / Artist of the Year Award.

"I write songs every day," Keith says. "When someone writes their own things, to me they release their character in their music, and that character shines through in all their songs. It is what I take the most pride in. I am honored to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. It means the world to me, and it is the only award that I will display on my desk."

Braddock has written some of country music's biggest hits, including Tammy Wynette's "D-I-V-O-R-C-E," George Jones' "He Stopped Loving Her Today," TG Sheppard's "I Feel Like Loving You Again" and Keith's "I Wanna Talk About Me." The tunesmith is already a member of the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Other nominees for induction into the Songwriters Hall of Fame this year included Vince Gill, British songwriters and producers Mike Chapman and Nicky Chinn, Rudy Clark and Bob McDill, among others.

Other special honorees for this year's Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony will be announced at a later date. The event will be held on June 18 in New York City. Find more information about the Songwriters Hall of Fame here.

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