Missy Elliott First Female Rapper Nominated To Songwriters’ Hall Of Fame – Your Black World

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By: Ryan Velez

When she took a leave of absence from the music world due to health issues, there is probably a generation of people who got into hip-hop without fully realizing the type of impact that Missy Elliott had on female rappers and rap in general. With this in mind, it makes a lot of sense that Ebony reported that she has the honor of being the first ever female rapper to be nominated for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Should she be inducted, this would put her alongside Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri as the only three hip-hop artists to be in the hall.

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Many people may remember Elliott for her own songs, but it’s easy to forget how skilled and prolific of a songwriter she is as well, having created hits for Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Janet Jackson and others. The Hall revealed the full list of nominees for 2019 on Wednesday to the Associated Press. Joining Elliott 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).

Along with this list is a prominent group of non-performing songwriters, who’s contributions should be noted as well. These are Jack Tempchin, Dean Dillon, Jerry Fuller, Tom T. Hall, Roger Nichols and Dallas Austin, who wrote hits for TLC, Madonna, Monica, Boyz II Men and others. Rounding out the full list of nominees are songwriting duos 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.

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While this is a great honor, fans of Elliott may be wondering when she is going to come out with some new music of her own. In a recent Instagram post, she mentioned how she was concerned about putting out new material because of how much the tastes of some hip-hop fans have changed.

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“For so long I was hesitant to put out music in fear no 1 would get it because people said music has changed & my sound been so different but NOW IM LIKE hey bump it make music that feels good to me let me Get y’all asses dancing again,” she shared.

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