For the past 20 years, Missy Elliott has produced, rapped, sang and WROTE countless #1 hit records to DATE! Now she has finally been REWARDED! The Portsmouth, Va. native has officially been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame making her the 1st female hip hop act ever to achieve this honor!
She joins a group that includes TLC-architect Dallas Austin (Monica’s “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)”, TLC’s “Creep”), Tom T. Hall, John Prine, Yusuf / Cat Stevens, and Jack Tempchin. The induction ceremony will take place on June 13 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.
Elliott took to TWITTER to express her thanks and gratitude:
Oh Missy is the TRUTH? FOr some YOUNGSTERS taht may not know the POWER of Missy’s PEN, let’s run down the list of her ACCOMPLISHMENTS over the PAST 20 years…
One of the most significant female artists in contemporary music history, Missy Elliott is a groundbreaking solo superstar, pioneering songwriter-producer, and across-the-board cultural icon. The five-time GRAMMY® Award winner – with nominations spanning three decades – 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.
Yes and that’s not all… Missy has also lent her IMMENSE TALENTS to others as well:
Missy’s massive accomplishments extended far beyond her own solo works, including innumerable guest appearances on singles and remixes by a truly diverse span of musical artists. As one of modern pop’s definitive songwriters and producers, Elliott’s star-studded list of songwriting credits continues to grow, including collaborations with Beyoncé (“Signs”), Whitney Houston (“In My Business”), Ciara (“One Two Step”), Monica (“So Gone”), Destiny’s Child (“Confessions”), SWV (“Can We”), Fantasia (“Free Yourself” and “Bump What Your Friends Say”), Mary J Blige (“I Never Been”), Aaliyah (“One In A Million,” “If Only Your Girl Knw,” and “Hot Like Fire”), Tweet (“Call Me”), Jennifer Hudson (“I’m His Only Woman”), Nicole Wray (“Make It Hot”), Mya (“My Love Is Like Whoa”), Total (“What About Us” and “Trippin”), and 702 (“Where My Girls At?” and “Steelo”) among others.
With her induction, Missy not only becomes the first female Hip-Hop artist to be inducted, but only the third rapper in the nearly 50 year history of the Songwriters Hall of Fame to do so.
CONGRATULATIONS Missy! YOU are SO deserving of this honor and MORE!!!