Songwriters Hall adds Missy, Stevens
NEW YORK ( AP) — 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.
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.