The Associated Press has reported that Missy Elliott has become the first female rapper to be nominated for the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame. If Missy is victorious, she will be the third rapper to receive the honor following JAY-Z (2017) and Jermaine Dupri (2018). Missy reacted to the news via Twitter and wrote, “I am Humbly Grateful to be nominated with so many other AMAZING writers🙏🏾 Congratulations to all of them also🙌🏾.”
Missy has penned hits such as “Get Ur Freak On” and “Work It.” She also wrote for artists such as Beyoncé and Whitney Houston.
The other nominees for the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame include Mariah Carey, Chrissie Hynde, Vince Gill, Mike Love, Jimmy Cliff, Jeff Lynne, Cat Stevens, John Prine, Lloyd Price, Tommy James and the Eurythmics (Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart).
According to Rap-Up, songwriters are eligible for induction after writing hit records for at least 20 years. Six songwriters, or songwriting groups, will be officially inducted at the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s 50th annual Induction & Awards Gala in New York on June 13th, 2019.