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Missy Elliott performs during the 2018 Essence Festival at Louisiana Superdome on July 7, 2018 in New Orleans. (Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Essence)

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Missy Elliott will be the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

By WITW Staff on January 14, 2019

Since it was established in 1969, the Songwriters Hall of Fame has inducted two rappers into its ranks: Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri, in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Now, as the New York Times reports, the Hall of Fame has announced its third hip-hop inductee: Missy Elliott, who is also the first female rapper to receive the honor.

Elliott is known not only for her own mega hits, like “Get Ur Freak On” and “Work It,” but also as a skilled writer who has penned songs for the likes of Beyoncé, Whitney Houston and Mary J. Blige. She has won five Grammys and all of her six albums have been certified platinum or better, a feat no other female rapper has achieved.

When announcing its 2019 inductees—among whom are also Dallas Austin, Tom T. Hall, John Prine, Jack Tempchin and Yusuf (better known as Cat Stevens)—the Hall of Fame called Elliott “[o]ne of the most significant female artists in contemporary music history” and “groundbreaking solo superstar, pioneering songwriter-producer, and across-the-board cultural icon.”

Responding to the Hall of Fame’s announcement, Elliott first congratulated her fellow inductees, writing on Twitter that “their body of work is amazing.”

“I am so humbly grateful to now be inducted also,” she added.

Read more at the New York Times.


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