"One of the most significant female artists in contemporary music history,
Missy Elliott is a groundbreaking solo superstar, pioneering songwriter-producer,
and across-the-board cultural icon. "
On January 12, 2019, the Songwriters Hall of Fame announced Missy Elliott will be honored at the 50th Annual Induction and Awards Dinner as a 2019 Inductee. Missy is the first woman hiphop artist and third hiphop artist ever to receive the honor. Established in 1969, the Songwriters Hall of Fame (SHOF) serves as a bridge between music’s past and future. In the Hall, musical pioneers are enshrined and celebrated, while the organization’s outreach to the music community grooms the next generation of troubadours. To qualify for induction, a songwriter must be a published writer for a minimum of 20 years with a notable catalog of hit songs. Missy Elliott will be honored alongside Dallas Austin, Tom T. Hall, John Prine, Jack Tempchin and Yusuf/Cat Stevens.
Read the full announcement then check out Missy Elliott's June 2017 ELLE cover story by Pulitzer Prize-winning essayist Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah below: