According to a new report from The Associated Press, Missy Elliot was nominated for entry into the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame, making her the first female rapper to receive recognition from the organization.
Melissa Elliott, known by her legion of fans as Missy Elliott, took to Twitter to say she was “humbly grateful” to get the nomination. As most know, her legend knows no bounds.
For one, she has addressed body and sex positivity in her music as well as female empowerment long before it was in vogue to do so. During her long and illustrious career, Elliott has won several Grammy Awards and has written and produced for other artists including Mary J. Blige, SWV, Ciara, Beyonce, Aayliah, and Whitney Houston.
Recently, Missy commemorated the death of one of the stars she had worked with in the past, Aaliyah, who passed away in an airplane crash back in 2001. She was 21-years-old at the time when she lost her life while flying back from the Bahamas where she and her crew shot a music video.
When Elliott spoke with the Associated Press back in 2016, the singer/songwriter said the public doesn’t even know how much she has written for other artists.
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
According to Elliot, if she was a man, then everyone would know her name and would understand her contributions to the industry. However, clearly, some people are aware of her talents, considering she’s about to receive recognition for it.
Typically, it takes twenty years for the Hall of Fame to formally recognize an artist’s contributions to music. There is a twenty-year waiting period since the release of their first commercial song.
The reasoning for that is to differentiate between the one-hit wonders and those who have made lasting contributions to the art form. Some of the others to receive a nomination include Jimmy Cliff, Chrissie Hynde, Dallas Austin, Vince Gill, and Mariah Carey.
One year ago in 2017, Jay-Z, the rapper and entrepreneur, became the first-ever rapper to get into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Jermaine Dupri also received the honor.