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 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, 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 and Madonna.
Elliott is just the third rapper to enter into the Songwriters Hall, following Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri in 2017 and 2018, respectively. Elliott also has lent her writing skills to Beyoncé, Whitney Houston and the late icon Aaliyah.
The new class of songwriters will be inducted June 13 in New York City.