Missy El­liott, oth­ers named to Song­writ­ers Hall of Fame

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - NEWS - BY MESFIN FEKADU

NEW YORK — 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 coun­try-folk 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, Madonna and more.

El­liott is just the third rap­per to en­ter into the Song­writ­ers Hall, fol­low­ing Jay-Z and Jer­maine Dupri’s in­duc­tions in 2017 and 2018, re­spec­tively. While she’s writ­ten her own raps, El­liott has also lent her writ­ing skills to ev­ery­one from Bey­once to Whit­ney Hous­ton to the late icon Aaliyah.

The new class of song­writ­ers will of­fi­cially be in­ducted on June 13 at the Mar­riott Mar­quis Ho­tel in New York City. Song­writ­ers are el­i­gi­ble for in­duc­tion after writ­ing hit songs for at least 20 years.

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’s in­clu­sion is ex­tra-spe­cial since he 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.


Missy El­liott per­forms in July at the 2018 Essence Fes­ti­val in New Or­leans. Missy El­liott is mak­ing his­tory as the first fe­male rap­per in­ducted into the Song­writ­ers Hall of Fame an­nounced Satur­day.

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