Rapper Elliott marks a first for Songwriters Hall
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, whom 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.
The new class of songwriters will officially be inducted on June 13 in New York City.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the Broadway musical “Hamilton,” is grateful for the standing ovation at the end of the play’s Friday premiere in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The musical is set to run for two weeks and will raise money for local arts programs.