Rap, R&B star El­liot joins Hynde, Gill for Song­writ­ers Hall

Houston Chronicle - - NEWSMAKERS - By Mes­fin Fekadu

NEW YORK — Missy El­liott, one of rap's great­est voices and also a song­writer and pro­ducer who has crafted songs for Bey­oncé and Whit­ney Hous­ton, is one of the nom­i­nees for the 2019 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).

Non-per­form­ing nom­i­nees are Jack Tem­pchin, Dean Dil­lon, Jerry Fuller, Tom T. Hall, Roger Ni­chols and Dal­las Austin, who wrote hits for TLC, Madonna, Mon­ica, Pink and Boyz II Men.

Nom­i­nated non-per­form­ing song­writ­ing duos in­clude P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, Rus­sell Brown and the late Ir­win Levine, mu­si­cal the­ater writ­ers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Fla­herty, Dean Pitch­ford and Michael Gore, Dan Penn and Spooner Old­ham, Bobby Hart and the late Tommy Boyce.

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 non-per­form­ing 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 pro­duc­ers and song­writ­ers, in ad­di­tion to cre­at­ing her own well-known hits, from “Get Ur Freak On” to “Work It” to “Lose Con­trol.”

R&B singers and girl groups heav­ily ben­e­fited from her song­writ­ing work in the `90s and `00s. El­liott churned out hits like “Where My Girls At,” which reached No. 4 on Bill­board's Hot 100 chart and Mon­ica's “So Gone,” a No. 1 R&B hit and Top 10 pop suc­cess. Though it sam­pled La­Belle's mid-'70s hit “Lady Maram­lade,” El­liott re-worked the song into a mod­ern clas­sic in 2001, star­ring Christina Aguil­era, Pink, Lil Kim and Mya. It went on to win a Grammy and top the Hot 100 chart for five weeks.

El­liott, who came on the mu­sic scene along­side mega-pro­ducer Tim­ba­land, also worked on mul­ti­ple songs for the late icon Aaliyah as well as Carey, Janet Jack­son, Mary J. Blige, Des­tiny's Child, Fan­ta­sia, Jazmine Sullivan, SWV, To­tal, Tweet and oth­ers.

Missy El­liot, left, is the first fe­male rap­per nom­i­nated for the pres­ti­gious prize; other nom­i­nees in­clude Pre­tenders mem­ber Chrissy Hynde, right.

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