Missy Elliott is first female rapper nominated for Songwriters Hall of Fame
Voters in the Songwriters Hall of Fame will have a chance to get their freak on next month, with Missy Elliott scoring an opportunity to join the 2019 class. The organization announced its complete slate of nominees Thursday, featuring a bevy of big names, including Mariah Carey, John Prine, Chrissie Hynde and Vince Gill. Elliott, who has written and produced songs for Whitney Houston, Aaliyah and Beyoncé, is the first female rapper to be nominated for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. If inducted, she will become just the third rapper — after Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri. “I am humbly grateful to be nominated with so many other AMAZING writers,” the “Work It” rapper tweeted on Wednesday, in advance of the official announcement. To be considered for the honor, artists must have at least 20 years of experience as a published writer and a notable catalog of hit songs. Voting members of the Hall of Fame will have until Dec. 17 to vote for three artists each in the songwriter and performing songwriter categories.