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Missy Elliot becomes first female rapper nominated for Songwriters Hall of Fame

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The Jakarta Post

Jakarta  /  Thu, November 8, 2018  /  05:37 pm
Missy Elliot becomes first female rapper nominated for Songwriters Hall of Fame

Missy Elliott performs at the Best European Music Festival - EXIT 2010 on July 10, 2010, in the Petrovaradin Fortress in Novi Sad, Serbia. (Shutterstock/Nikola Spasenoski)

Rapper and songwriter Missy Elliott has been nominated for a place in the Songwriters Hall of Fame 2019 class.

Elliott celebrated the nomination in a Twitter post that read, “I am Humbly Grateful to be nominated with so many other AMAZING writers. Congratulations to all of them also.” 

If Elliott earns enough votes, she can make history as the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the third rapper in history, alongside Jay Z and Jermaine Dupri.

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Other nominees so far include Mariah Carey, Chrissie Hynde, Jimmy Cliff, Jeff Lyne, John Prine, Lloyd Price, Tommy James, Jack Tempchin, Dean Dillon, Jerry Fuller, Tom T. Hall, Roger Nichols, Dallas Austin, Mike Edward Love, Cat Stevens, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart. The ceremony will take place on June 13, 2019.

Elliott's biggest hits include “Get Ur Freak On”, “Work It” and “Lose Control”. She also acted as a songwriter for other artists, such as singer-turned-actress Aaliyah Dana Haughton, with whom she cowrote and coproduced studio album One IN A Million alongside Timbaland. Other artists Elliott has closely worked with are Mariah Carey, Ciara, Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston. (acr/wng)