After almost three decades in hip-hop, Missy Elliott is the first female rapper to be nominated to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Associated Press reports.
If inducted, the Virginia native would be the third rapper to join, after Jay Z and Jermaine Dupri.
The “Work It” rapper took to Twitter to thank fans for the support and express how “humbly grateful” she is to have received this honor.
Thank yall! I know I say it a lot but I want yall to know how much I appreciate each of you I am SO HUMBLED??❤️? pic.twitter.com/s0bpfQs8Iu
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) November 11, 2018
https://t.co/M5lXo80Oz2 i am Humbly Grateful to be nominated with so many other AMAZING writers?? Congratulations to all of them also??
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) November 7, 2018
Throughout her career, Missy had not only penned her own hits, but she has also written songs for Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Beyonce, SWV, Monica, Ciara and the late Aaliyah.
As one of the few women in hip-hop Missy is well-known but feels like because she is a woman in a male- dominated culture, her songwriter and producer credits are not pushed to the forefront as much.
“A lot of people don’t know a lot of records that I’ve written or produced, so that’s a highlight for me as a woman,” she told the Associated Press. “I always said if a man would have done half the records that I’ve done we would know about it. But we don’t know all the records I’ve done for other artists.”
In her lyrics, Missy has always promoted sexual freedom among women and showed her versatility in writing hip-hop and RB songs. She’s also been an one -woman band, writing and producing her own hits when she’s not alongside longtime collaborator Timbaland.
Missy, 47, has had 22 Grammy nominations and taken home four of them and has also been deemed the best selling female rap album artist in Nielsen Music history by Billboard.
With a resume like this, this honor is well deserved.
Mariah Carey, who has also worked with Missy on many of her hits, has also been nominated for induction.