Missy Elliott will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019, making her the first female rapper ever to be nominated and inducted. Elliott is only the third rapper inducted into the Hall of Fame (Jermaine Dupri was inducted last year, and Jay Z in 2017.)
Elliott’s Hall of Fame induction comes 20 years after her first hit single, “Hot Boyz” landed on Bllboard‘s Top 100 and stayed there for 21 weeks. Elliott released her first solo album Supa Dupa Fly in 1997, debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard 200, the highest ranking debut album for a female rapper at the time. Elliott is also a five-time Grammy Award winner, and is the only female rapper to have all 6 of her albums go platinum.
Elliott took to Instagram to share the news and to “congratulate all the amazing songwriters who have been inducted into the 2019 Song Writers Hall of Fame.”
The Hall of Fame’s 50th Annual Induction & Awards Gala will take place on January 13 in New York City. Cat Stevens, Dallas Austin, Tom Hall, John Price, and Jack Tempchin will be inducted along with Elliott into the 2019 class.
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