Missy Elliott is making history. The Virginia native will soon become the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
The 47-year old, who began her career in the all-female group Sista in the early 1990s, will be inducted in a cermony this summer along with the likes of Cat Stevens, John Prine, Tom T. Hall, Jack Tempchin and Dallas Austin.
‘I want to CONGRATULATE ALL THE AMAZING Songwriter who have been inducted into the 2019 ‘Song Writers Hall of Fame,’ an obvious excited Elliott tweeted out.
Elliott added: ‘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.’
Always one to be willing to push hip-hop to new grounds, Elliott will be just the third rapper to enter into the Songwriters Hall, following Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri’s inductions in 2017 and 2018, respectively.
Elliott’s debut solo album, Supa Dupa Fly was released in 1997 and went on to be certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America with the singles The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly), Sock It 2 Me, Hit Em Wit Da Hee and Beep Me 911.
Her third album, 2001′ Miss E…So Addictive, which contained her hit Get Ur Freak On, went on to win her the first of her four Grammy Awards.
Over her career, Elliott has sold over 30 million records in the US, which makes her the best-selling female rapper in Nielson Music history, according to Billboard in 2017.
Even with her success as a group and solo artist, she also lent her rapping and writing skills to everyone from Beyonce to Whitney Houston, as well as the late Aaliyah and Jennifer Hudson.
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