Rapper Missy Elliot nominated for Songwriters Hall of Fame

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American rapper Missy Elliott is one of the nominees for the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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The ‘Get Ur Freak On’ crooner is the first female rapper nominated for the prestigious prize and could also become the third rapper to enter the organization following recent inductees including rap mogul Jay-Z in 2017 and Jermaine Dupri in early 2018.

Elliot who describes herself as the definition of avant-garde expressed her excitement on the nomination on social media and congratulated her fellow nominees.

Elliot has a career spanning over 25 years. Melissa Arnette Elliott, 47, has earned her place one of rap’s greatest voices. With a long illustrious career in music, the songwriter and producer has written songs various iconic acts including Beyonce,  Destiny’s Child, the late Aaliyah, and the late Whitney Houston. Among the top tracks she wrote, Aaliyah’s “If Your Girl Only Knew” and “One in a Million,” earned her high praise. Going by the stage name ‘Misdemeanor,’ Missy is often praised for her wild, colorful style and playful lyricism has been one of pop music’s most sought producers and songwriters, in addition to creating her own well-known hits.

The 4-time Grammy award-winning artist has been nominated alongside many other popular artists such as Mariah Carey for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Songwriters are eligible for induction after writing hit songs for at least 20 years.

6 songwriters, or songwriting groups, will be officially inducted at the Hall’s 50th annual Induction & Awards Gala in New York on June 13, 2019.