Missy Elliott First Female Rapper Nominated For Songwriters Hall of Fame
by Kristine Sage
4 months ago
This year’s nominations for the Songwriters Hall of Fame have been announced and among the nominees are Missy Elliott, Mariah Carey, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics, ELO’s Jeff Lynne, reggae legend Jimmy Cliff, and more, as reported by the Associated Press.
Missy Elliott’s inclusion marks the first time a female rapper has been nominated for the prestigious prize. Last year, Jay-Z became the first rapper to be inducted.
The iconic “Get Ur Freak On” rapper has written songs and produced, even crafting songs for Beyonce and Whitney Houston behind the scenes.
Songwriters are only eligible for induction after writing hit songs for at least 20 years. This coming year, six songwriters, or songwriting groups, will be officially inducted at the Hall’s 50th annual Induction & Awards Gala in New York in June.
Missy Elliott has been praised for her colorful style and playful lyricism, and has been a sought-after pop icon from her well-known hits like “Work It”, “Lose Control”, and “Get Ur Freak On”. She has paved the way for many female R&B singers and girl groups, reworking songs and allowing her songs to be sampled.
She has also worked on multiple songs with Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Fantasia, and even the late icon Aaliyah, and more.