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

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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.

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