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Missy Elliott becomes first female hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

Claudine Varela
Jan 14, 2019
05:55 A.M.
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Missy Elliot makes history as the first female rapper to be inducted to the Songwriter Hall of Fame. The hitmaker is humbled in her tweet following the announcement.

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Missy Elliott is humbled by the fact that she was recently named one of the inductees to the Songwriter Hall of Fame, a feat no other female hip-hop artist has achieved until now.

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Elliott joins the ranks of Jay-Z who is the first and only rapper to be given the recognition two years ago. This year, she was chosen together with other inductees Dallas Austin, Tom T. Hall, John Prine, Jack Tempchin, and Yusuf (Cat Stevens).

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According to SHOF Chairman Nile Rodgers, the honor is given to songwriters who represent “diversity and unity across genres and gender.” He adds,

“These are writers who in their time literally transformed music and helped make what’s happening today possible.”

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HER STELLAR CAREER

Elliot’s contribution was widely felt in the 2000s when she defined the sound of that time. Her groundbreaking works include hits “Work It,” “Get Your Freak On,” and “The Rain.” Combined, the three masterpieces earned her four Grammys and more than 30 million record sales.

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Though she’s celebrated for her work individually, Elliot is also known for her contributions to the music of Beyonce, Whitney Houston, Ciara, Mary J. Blige, and Aaliyah, making her one of the richest rappers of all time.

A LOVE FOR LUXURY CARS

Proof of her wealth extends to her collection of luxury cars, one of which she recently flaunted on her Instagram. She shared a video of her new black Lamborghini while expressing how thankful she is lately.

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HER REACTION TO HER INDUCTION

In light of the news of her SHOF appointment, the 47-year-old tweeted her delight while congratulating the others who join her in the recognition.

“I want to CONGRATULATE all the AMAZING songwriters who have been inducted into the 2019 Song Writers [sic] 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 [heart emoji] you all.”

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Celebrities also took to Twitter to congratulate the hitmaker, among them John Legend who deemed her achievement “well deserved.”

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CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

Elliot’s debut album, “Supa Dupa Fly” was released in 1997 and was certified platinum. She won her first Grammy for best rap solo performance for “Get Your Freak On” in 2001. Her song “Work It” made history when it stayed in Billboard’s number 2 spot for 10 weeks. In 2015, she performed at the Super Bowl.

This year's Songwriter Hall of Fame induction will be held on June 13 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York.

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