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Missy Elliott Leads The 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame Nominees

Missy Elliott is now the first female rapper to be nominated for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Music Hall of Fame has only inducted two rappers in its history; Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri. Next year, the unrivaled queen of rap may be joining their ranks.

Despite keeping a relatively low profile in recent years, Elliott has had a vast influence on the sound of hip-hop and R&B. With huge hits such as “Work It,” “Lose Control” and “Get Ur Freak On”, along with her collaborations with Aaliyah, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, and many others, Elliott’s nomination is well deserving. She even co-wrote and co-produced the 2001 reimagining of “Lady Marmalade,”.  The star-studded track with contributions from P!nk, Mýa, Lil’ Kim, and Christina Aguilera, spent 5 weeks at number one. In recent years Missy has dropped the occasional single, or featured appearance on another artist’s song, and then drop off for another few months or years.

Elliott stands alongside Mariah Carey, Chrissie Hynde, Vince Gill, Mike Love, Jimmy Cliff, Jeff Lynne, Cat Stevens, John Prine, Lloyd Price, Tommy James, and Eurythmics as this year’s performing nominees.

A huge congratulations to Missy, if she wins it will be a massive milestone for the female rap community.


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