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One of the evening’s funniest moments came from Jim Steinman, who wrote songs for Meat Loaf on his first two “Bat Out of Hell” albums. After Loaf and Constantine Maroulis performed an abridged version of the nearly 10-minute title track, Steinman noted: “They shortened the song so much I felt like I was watching an episode of `Glee.’”

The Songwriters Hall of Fame was created in 1969 by a group of established songwriters, including the legendary Johnny Mercer. The organization’s mission is to shine a spotlight on the accomplishments of songwriters.

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http://www.songhall.org

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John Carucci covers entertainment for The Associated Press. Follow him at http://www.twitter.com/jcarucci_ap