Missy Elliott Works It, Becoming First Female Rapper Inducted Into Songwriters Hall Of Fame
Rap would not be the same without the living legend.
January 13, 2019 at 8:25 pm
The Portsmouth, Virginia, native first appeared on the rap scene with her debut album, Supa Dupa Fly, in 1997, receiving rave reviews and instant fame. For more than two decades, her impact as an artist extended beyond her own songs.
She was behind some of the biggest hits in the late '90s and early 2000s. Missy collaborated with late singer Aaliyah on “One in a Million,” Ciara on “1, 2 Step” and Mya on "My Love Is Like Whoa.” Over the course of her career, Missy wrote songs for late singer Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige and Jennifer Hudson, according to Vulture.
Older millennials are well-aware of her cultural impact. From groundbreaking music videos to amazing dance hits, Missy Elliott was in the top echelon of the rap game. She has been nominated for 22 Grammys and won four in her career.
Chairman Nile Rodgers broke the news of her induction Saturday on CBS This Morning, praising Missy for her longevity.
"It's amazing. To me, it's important to have equality. I've written with a lot of women songwriters, but not nearly enough. That's sort of my secret goal — I want to have more women songwriters," Chairman Nile Rodgers said during the telecast.
— Missy Elliott SupaFriends (@Supa_Friends) January 12, 2019
The 1990s would not be the same without Elliott's dopeness. When she wasn't making bangers for others, she had her own hits, which included "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)," "Sock It 2 Me," "Hit Em Wit Da Hee" and "Beep Me 911" from her 1997 certified platinum debut album. Other hits, such as "Get Ur Freak On" and "Work it," appeared on her later albums.
"I AM SO HUMBLY GRATEFUL to now be inducted," Elliot tweeted.
I want to CONGRATULATE all the AMAZING songwriters who have been inducted into the 2019 “Song Writers Hall of Fame???????????????? also those who were nominated because their body of work is AMAZING???????? I AM SO HUMBLY GRATEFUL to now be inducted also???????? I ❤️you all???? #SHOF2019 ✍???? pic.twitter.com/6LRHFoeVz1
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) January 12, 2019
Some of today's artists, like entertainer Janelle Monáe and Fantasia, gave Missy some love after the big announcement.
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) January 13, 2019
— Fantasia (@TasiasWord) January 12, 2019
She will join the likes of Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri who made history in 2017.
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