Song­writ­ers Hall adds 3 stars

Albany Times Union (Sunday) - - NEWS -

Missy El­liott is mak­ing his­tory as the first fe­male rap­per in­ducted into the Song­writ­ers Hall of Fame, whose 2019 class also in­cludes leg­endary British singer Cat Stevens and coun­try­folk icon John Prine.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion an­nounced the new group of in­ductees Satur­day. Other in­ductees in­clude Tom T. Hall, who Johnny Cash called his “all-time fa­vorite song­writer”; Jack Tem­pchin, who co-wrote songs for the Ea­gles and Glenn Frey’s solo al­bums; and Dal­las Austin ,the song­writer be­hind ra­dio hits for TLC, Mon­ica, Pink, Boyz II Men and Madonna.

El­liott is just the third rap­per to en­ter the Song­writ­ers Hall, fol­low­ing Jay-z and Jer­maine Dupri.

The new class will of­fi­cially be in­ducted on June 13 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. He’s had a string of Top 40 hits, from “Peace Train” to “Morn­ing Has Bro­ken.” And “The First Cut Is the Deep­est,” which he wrote five decades ago, has be­come a hit for mul­ti­ple artists, in­clud­ing Rod Ste­wart and Sh­eryl Crow.

Prine was nom­i­nated for this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but didn’t make the cut. The 72-year-old has be­come an af­fa­ble song­writ­ing guru for many of Nashville’s tal­ented young artists, in­clud­ing rocker Dan Auer­bach of the Black Keys, coun­try rebel Sturgill Simp­son, and the mar­ried Amer­i­cana dar­lings Ja­son Is­bell and Amanda Shires.

Amy Har­ris / In­vi­sion / AP

Missy El­liott, seen here at the 2018 Essence Fes­ti­val in New Or­leans, is mak­ing his­tory as the first fe­male rap­per in­ducted into the Song­writ­ers Hall of Fame, whose 2019 class also in­cludes Cat Stevens and coun­try-folk icon John Prine.

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