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Missy Elliott Makes History As First Female Rapper Nominated For Songwriters Hall Of Fame
GRAMMY-winning rapper Missy Elliott will go down in the history of pop music as one of the most creative and dynamic rappers ever with hits like "Work It" and "Get Ur Freak On." Now she has made history as the first female rapper to be nominated for the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
https://t.co/M5lXo80Oz2 i am Humbly Grateful to be nominated with so many other AMAZING writers Congratulations to all of them also
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) November 7, 2018
The news was released one day ahead of the official announcement by the Associated Press. If the rapper were to be integrated into the 2019 class, she would only be the third rapper to do so. The only other rappers to be in the Songwriters Hall Of Fame are GRAMMY winners Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri.
To be nominated, songwriters have to have written songs for at least 20 years. Elliott came onto the music scene in the late '80s/early '90s and since then has written hits artists including GRAMMY winners Beyoncé and Ciara. She has writing credentials for songs that include Keyshia Cole's "Let It Go," Monica's "So Gone," And Fantasia's "Free Yourself." Elliott also worked and wrote music for the late Aaliyah.
The AP reports that other nominees include: Mariah Carey, Cat Stevens, Mike Love, Jimmy Cliff, Vince Gill, Jeff Lynne, Tommy James, John Prine, Lloyd Price, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, and Chrissie Hynde.
But just because she's up for Hall Of Fame status, don't count Missy out yet. The rapper has teased a new LP release for 2019. Read more on what to expect from the album below: