By By Lauren Messman
Posted January 21st 2019
Missy Elliott will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, making her the first female hip-hop artist to receive the honor. The tribute makes Elliott the third rapper to ever be honored by the organization, following Jay-Z’s induction in 2017 and Jermaine Dupri’s last year.
The list of this year’s inductees was announced on “CBS This Morning,” and featured an appearance by the Hall of Fame chairman and musician Nile Rodgers, who called Elliott “one of my favorite writers of all time.”
Not only is Elliott, a Grammy Award-winning artist, responsible for monumental hits from the early 2000s like “Get Ur Freak On” and “Work It,” but she’s also the only female rapper to have six studio albums certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Over the course of her three-decade career, she’s written for some of the music industry’s most talented female artists, including Beyoncé (“Signs”), Whitney Houston (“In My Business”), Aaliyah (“If Your Girl Only Knew”), Mary J. Blige (“Never Been”) and Ciara (“One Two Step”).
In its announcement, the Hall of Fame recognized Elliott as “a groundbreaking solo superstar, pioneering songwriter-producer and across-the-board cultural icon.”
On Saturday, Elliott responded on Twitter by congratulating “all the AMAZING songwriters who have been inducted” this year, all of whom became eligible 20 years after their first commercial release of a song.
The 2019 class also includes the singer-songwriters Yusuf Islam (better known as Cat Stevens), John Prine, Tom T. Hall, Jack Tempchin and the hip-hop producer Dallas Austin, who wrote the T.L.C. hit “Creep.” The six artists will be inducted at a ceremony on June 13 in New York City.