Missy Elliot becomes first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

Headlines 14/01/2019

Missy Elliott is making history as the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, whose 2019 class also includes legendary British singer Cat Stevens (now known as Yusuf Islam) and country-folk icon John Prine.

The organisation announced the new group of inductees Saturday.

Other inductees include Tom T Hall, who Johnny Cash called his "all-time favourite songwriter"; Jack Tempchin, who co-wrote songs for the Eagles and Glenn Frey's solo albums; and Dallas Austin, the songwriter behind radio hits for TLC, Monica, Pink, Boyz II Men, Madonna and more.

Elliott is just the third rapper to enter into the Songwriters Hall, following Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri's inductions in 2017 and 2018, respectively.

"I AM SO HUMBLY GRATEFUL to now be inducted," Elliott wrote on Twitter.

The new class of songwriters will officially be inducted on June 13 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

Prior inductees include Paul McCartney, the Bee Gees, Joni Mitchell, Bruce Springsteen, Barry Manilow, Freddie Mercury, Ray Davies, Cyndi Lauper, Nile Rodgers, Tom Petty and David Bowie.

Credit to Newshub.