The Queen of Hip Hop (sorry, Lauryn Hill, but you’ve been dethroned and you KNOW why), Missy Elliott has just been included as the latest rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the first female.
With several iconic tracks and albums under her belt including Under Construction (2002), This Is Not a Test (2003), and The Cookbook (2005), she joins legend Cat Stevens, John Prize, Tom T. Hall, dallas Austin, and Jack Tempchin as inductees this year. Missy joins the list fresh on the heels of rappers Jermaine Dupri and Jay-Z, who made the cut in 2017. The chairman of the group, Nile Rodgers had this to say about the new class:
“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. 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.”
Elliott released her own statement about joining the illustrious group via Twitter:
“I want to CONGRATULATE all the AMAZING songwriters who have been inducted into the 2019 ‘Song Writers 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 love you all.”
The songwriters will be inducted formally at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in NYC on June 13th.