It’s not even two weeks into 2019 and Missy Elliott is already leading the charge of women breaking barriers in Hip-Hop as this weekend, she received the honor of being the first female Hip-Hop artist to be inducted into the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame. Joining Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri, Elliott is one of the few rappers to receive an induction into the legendary hall of fame.
According to Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Nile Rodgers, “I’m very proud that in my first year as Chairman of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame that we are recognizing some of the culturally most important songwriters of all time. The 2019 slate of inductees represents diversity and unity across genres and gender, highlighting our dedicated mission to honor music creators who have enriched our lives. These are writers who in their time literally transformed music and helped make what’s happening today possible.”
To qualify for induction into the hall of fame, a songwriter must be a published writer for a minimum of 20 years with a notable catalog of hit songs. Missy Elliott, who has been active in the industry since 1997, has attained “unprecedented success, including U.S. sales in excess of 30 million. Missy’s six studio albums have each been RIAA platinum certified or better, marking her as the only female rapper to achieve that remarkable accomplishment” according to a statement from the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Additionally, the induction committee made note of not just her solo success, but also of her numerous collaborations with other legendary artists such as Beyonce, Ciara, and many more as well as her stunning Super Bowl halftime performance in 2015. The committee also praised her work with former First Lady Michelle Obama for her role in the creation of “This Is For My Girls,” an all-star anthem to female empowerment as part of Obama’s Let Girls Learn initiative.
The Hall of Fame’s 50th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner will take place on June 13 in New York City.