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Bon Jovi join songwriting elite

Richie Sambora and Jon Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi's work was called "hugely influential" at the event

Jon Bon Jovi and Richie Sambora of rock band Bon Jovi have been inducted into the US Songwriters Hall of Fame at a ceremony in New York.

Jon Bon Jovi said of the honour: "It's the closest thing to immortality that we're ever going to see here."

The duo performed their hit Wanted Dead or Alive at a gala to celebrate 40 years of inductions.

Veterans Crosby, Stills and Nash were also inducted at the event, while Sir Tom Jones was given a hitmaker award.

'Too talented'

The Welsh singer, who has only recently starting collaborating on his own material, said: "You have to have great songs to get your foot in the door."

He also performed a medley of his hit songs at the event, and had to restart It's Not Unusual after admitting he had started in the wrong place.

US singer-songwriter Jason Mraz was presented with the award for the most promising talent, and was tipped as a future inductee into the Hall of Fame.

Former winner Rob Thomas, who gave Mraz his honour, joked: "I hate you. You've ruined the curve for everybody. You're kind of young, and you're cute.

"You're just too talented and I think you should stop," he added.

British songwriting duo Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway, whose credits include I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing and Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again, also gained a special award.

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