Missy Elliott is the first ever female rapper to be nominated for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Not only could she potentially be recognized for her own self-written hits, but for crafting songs for Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Janet Jackson and others.
The Songwriters Hall revealed the list of 2019 nominees 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).
Non-performing nominees include 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. 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 have been nominated as well.
While Elliott is a certified icon, she recently shared via Twitter that she’s been afraid to drop to music because of the changing tastes of hip hop fans.
“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🙌🏾
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🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/Q8Mahlrxws
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) October 1, 2018
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.