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Missy Elliott to be first female rapper to enter Songwriters Hall of Fame

This ain’t gossip, folks. Missy Elliott will be the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Elliott, the mistress of hip-hop behind albums like Under Construction (2002), This Is Not a Test (2003), and The Cookbook (2005), joins 2019’s class of inductees, which includes British singing legend Cat Stevens (a.k.a. Yusuf), John Prine, Tom T. Hall (Johnny Cash’s “all-time favorite songwriter” ), Dallas Austin, and Jack Tempchin.

Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri were previously inducted in 2017, which makes the “Work It” spitfire the third rapper to receive the honor.

“The first thing you need to know is it’s about the song, the second thing you need to know is it’s about the song, the third thing you need to know is it’s about the song,” Songwriters Hall of Fame Chairman Nile Rodgers said. “That’s true now more than ever but it has always been about the song so I’m very proud that in my first year as Chairman of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame that we are recognizing some of the culturally most important songwriters of all time. The 2019 slate of inductees represents diversity and unity across genres and gender, highlighting our dedicated mission to honor music creators who have enriched our lives. These are writers who in their time literally transformed music and helped make what’s happening today possible.”

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