After being nominated back in November, Missy Elliott has made history as the first female hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The other five songwriters include Dallas Austin, Yusuf Islam, John Prine, Tom T. Hall, and Jack Tempchin.
The Portsmouth native is just the third rapper to enter into the Songwriters Hall of Fame after Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri’s inductions in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
“The first thing you need to know is it’s about the song, the second thing you need to know is it’s about the song, the third thing you need to know is it’s about the song,” Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Nile Rodgers said. “That’s true now more than ever but it has always been about the song so 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.”
An appreciative Missy took to Twitter to celebrate her nomination. “I want to CONGRATULATE all the AMAZING songwriters who have been inducted into the 2019 Song Writers Hall of Fame,” she tweeted. “I AM SO HUMBLY GRATEFUL to now be inducted also🙏🏾 I ❤️you all.”
The six songwriters will be inducted at the Songwriters Hall of Fame’s 50th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner in New York on June 13.