The Songwriters Hall of Fame has only inducted two rappers in its history: JAY-Z and Jermaine Dupri. Next year, there could be another addition to their ranks. As The Associated Press reports, Virginia rapper Missy Elliott is one of the nominees for induction in 2019. If selected, she would be the first female rapper to grace the Songwriters Hall.
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. Three of these acts will be inducted this year, following a voting period that ends December 17. The ceremony will be held on June 13, 2019 in New York City. A songwriter can be nominated after at least 20 years of writing hits.
“I am Humbly Grateful to be nominated with so many other AMAZING writers🙏🏾 Congratulations to all of them also🙌🏾,” she wrote on Twitter.
Elliott is best known to the public for her many danceable rap hits in collaboration with producer Timbaland, with songs like “Work It,” “Get Ur Freak On,” and “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” achieving major success. However, she’s also an extremely accomplished songwriter behind the scenes. Elliott has worked with the likes of Monica, Aaliyah, Janet Jackson, Destiny’s Child, Ciara, Fantasia, Total, Mariah Carey, and more. She even co-wrote and co-produced the 2001 reimagining of “Lady Marmalade,” which spent five weeks at No. 1 with contributions from P!nk, Mýa, Lil’ Kim, and Christina Aguilera.
Genius previously broke down JAY-Z’s reaction to being inducted into the hall last year: