lyr·i·cist | \ˈlir-ə-sist \

Definition of lyricist 

: a writer of lyrics

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Legend served as a co-producer and star of the live NBC production, while Lloyd Webber and Rice both served as executive producers in addition to Lloyd Webber composing the music and Rice serving as the lyricist for the musical. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "With Emmy Noms, John Legend, Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice Get Closer to EGOT," 12 July 2018 Even if the 1970s and ’80s marked the creative pinnacle for Lloyd Webber (and early collaborator, lyricist Tim Rice), the British composer/musical impresario has been enjoying a recent revival. Jocelyn Mcclurg, USA TODAY, "Weekend picks for book lovers, including Andrew Lloyd Webber's 'Unmasked'," 17 Mar. 2018 Alaina, his wife, who is the singer and lyricist of the band, greets me with a warm hug. Longreads, "Tennis vs. Tennis," 13 July 2018 Neither Norman not composer-lyricists Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray have solved all the show’s problems. Lawrence Toppman, charlotteobserver, "A deeper ‘Purple’ than we’ve seen reaches Charlotte via Broadway Lights," 12 July 2018 This was a project that lyricist and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II quietly tinkered with for years before his breakthrough collaboration with composer Richard Rodgers, Oklahoma! David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Carmen Jones': Theater Review," 28 June 2018 Many prominent songwriters are listed as collaborators on the album as well, including AKB48 creator Yasushi Akimoto, famed lyricist Takashi Matsumoto of the influential band Happy End, and producer Masataka Matsutoya. Billboard Japan, Billboard, "J-Pop Producer Tetsuya Komuro's Massive Song Collection: Complete Tracklist Announced," 15 June 2018 Moon, where the witty lyricist and his fellow Monkeys hunker down as the lounge act at a lunar resort., "Album reviews: Playboi Carti, Arctic Monkeys, Brent Cobb," 17 May 2018 The Ohio rapper born Albert Shepard is one of hip-hop’s most adept technicians and accomplished lyricists. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "KC concerts July 12-18: Kenny Chesney, Imagine Dragons, Jason Isbell, Foreigner," 10 July 2018

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1875, in the meaning defined above

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: a person who writes the words of a song : a writer of lyrics

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