Missy El­liott up for Song­writ­ers Hall

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Missy El­liott, one of rap’s great­est voices and also a song­writer and pro­ducer who has crafted songs for Bey­once and Whit­ney Hous­ton, is among the 2019 nom­i­nees for the Song­writ­ers Hall of Fame.

El­liott is the first fe­male rap­per nom­i­nated for the pres­ti­gious prize and could also be­come the third rap­per to en­ter the or­ga­ni­za­tion fol­low­ing re­cent in­ductees Jay-Z and Jer­maine Dupri.

The Song­writ­ers Hall gave The As­so­ci­ated Press the list of nom­i­nees Wed­nes­day, a day ahead of its of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment.

Join­ing El­liott as per­form­ing nom­i­nees are Mariah Carey, Chrissie Hynde, Vince Gill, Mike Love, Jimmy Cliff, Jeff Lynne, Cat Stevens, John Prine, Lloyd Price, Tommy James and the Eury­th­mics (An­nie Len­nox and Dave Ste­wart).

Song­writ­ers are el­i­gi­ble for in­duc­tion af­ter writ­ing hit songs for at least 20 years.

Six song­writ­ers, or song­writ­ing groups, will be of­fi­cially in­ducted at the Hall’s 50th an­nual In­duc­tion & Awards Gala in New York on June 13, 2019. El­i­gi­ble mem­bers can vote for three non­per­form­ing song­writ­ers and three per­form­ing song­writ­ers un­til Dec. 17.

El­liott, of­ten praised for her wild, col­or­ful style and play­ful lyri­cism, has been one of pop mu­sic’s most sought-af­ter pro­duc­ers and song­writ­ers, in ad­di­tion to cre­at­ing her own well-known hits.

AMY HAR­RIS/IN­VI­SION

Missy El­liott is the first fe­male rap­per nom­i­nated for the Song­writ­ers Hall of Fame.

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