Missy Elliott became the first female hip hop artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in her first year of eligibility.
“It’s an incredible honor. I’m so humbled and grateful to be among all of the incredible award recipients,” the Virginia-born icon said via a press release. “Hearing that I’m the first female hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Rock and Country Hall of Fame? Stunning! It’s quite different as I hope it opens doors for other women to experience!” She added.
Mona Scott-Young, CEO of Monami Entertainment and Elliott’s manager for over 25 years, added, “Throughout her career, Missy has broken down barriers and opened new avenues for women in music.
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This nomination is the latest in a long list of ‘firsts’. this cemented her place as one of the most important artists in music history and as a pioneer of female hip-hop. I can’t think of a better way to celebrate hip-hop’s 50th anniversary than voting Missy Elliott for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!”
The ‘Lose Control’ singer has been a pioneer throughout her career. She was also the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame (2019), received the VMAs Vanguard Award (2019), and was honored with the Music Pioneers Award on United Nations Women’s Entrepreneurship Day (2019). Last year, she also had her own street in Virginia renamed in her honor.
Elliott’s most recent project is 2019’s ICONOLOGY, a short and sweet EP that includes a solo feature from Sum1. She can be heard on recent collaborations such as Anitta’s “Lobby”, David Guetta’s “Trampoline” and more.
You From now through April 28, fans can vote online any day at voice.rockhall.com or at the Rock Hall in Cleveland.