Missy Elliott Becomes First Female Rapper Inducted Into Songwriters Hall Of Fame


Missy Elliott performs onstage during the 2018 Essence Festival presented By Coca-Cola - Day 2 at Louisiana Superdome on July 7, 2018 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Missy Elliott will be the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The organization announced the new group of inductees Saturday. Cat Stevens, Dallas Austin, Tom Hall, John Price, and Jack Tempchin will be inducted along with Missy Elliott into the 2019 class. While she's written her own raps, Elliott has also lent her writing skills to everyone from Beyonce to Whitney Houston to the late icon Aaliyah.

"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", says Nile Rodgers, Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman.

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Songwriters considered for the HOF have to have published worked for more than 20 years and have accumulated a considerable catalog of songs.

The induction ceremony will be on June 13th, 2019 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

Stevens, who also goes by Yusuf (the name he took when he converted), has been a respected writer since releasing his debut in 1967. In 2017, Jay-Z became the first rapper to be inducted.

Prine's inclusion is extra-special since he was nominated for this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but didn't make the cut.