Last night, Melissa Arnette "Missy" Elliott was inducted in to Songwriters Hall of Fame. This was an iconic selection, as Missy became the first woman rapper to be selected into the hall of fame. This honor came on the award's 50th anniversary!
She became eligible because she had been writing hit songs for at least twenty years. Throughout her career, she has written for Whitney Houston, Aaliyah, Faith Evans, Beyonce`, Ariana Grande, Mariah Carey, New Edition, Ciara, Fantasia, Monica, Lil Kim, Mary J. Blige and of course, herself. The list doesn't stop here of course; as we can imagine, a 20 year writing career has put her and her pen in front of many other artists in the industry.
During the ceremony, Missy was continually filled with emotion, even crying on more than one occasion. She was introduced by Queen Latifah and Michelle Obama prior to her speech. She said during a speech, "I want to say one thing to the writers, to the upcoming writers." 'Do not give up.' We all go through writer's block. Sometimes you just have to walk away from a record and come back to it. But don't give up because I'm standing here. And this is big for hip-hop, too." The crowd gave Missy a well deserved standing ovation as she accepted her award.
Missy joins Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri as the only rappers to ever enter the Songwriters Hall of Fame; 2017 and 2018 respectively. Congrats are in order for Missy and remember everyone, BLACK GIRLS ROCK!!!