Missy Elliott, In Tears, Gets Inducted Into Songwriters Hall of Fame
Missy Elliott, the creative mastermind who has written hit songs for a number of singers/rappers and created camaraderie among women in the music industry for more than two decades, felt the love back from her musical sisters as she became the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Queen Latifah, a Grammy, Emmy and Golden Globe winner, inducted Missy with some very kind words as she paid homage to their long-lasting friendship.
Even former first lady Michelle Obama took her time to express how much of a Missy Elliott fan she is.
“Missy, I want to thank you for all of your trailblazing ways,” Michelle Obama said in a taped video that aired during the event. “Thank you not for just sharing your gift with the world, but for being an advocate for so many people out there, especially young girls who are still figuring out how to make their voices heard.”
This brought Missy to tears as neear the end of her speech, she broke down after telling stories about how her creative mind worked as a child.
“I am thankful,” she said, pausing for a few seconds. “Every time I come up to a podium … even with all the work that I’ve done, I don’t know, and I’m assuming it’s just God, I don’t know why I am here,” she said with tears in her eyes as the audience erupted with cheers and applause. “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.”
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. While she’s written her own hit songs — from “Get Ur Freak On” to “Work It” to “Lose Control” — Elliott has also lent her writing skills to others — specifically girl groups and pop and R&B soloists, including the late icon Aaliyah, Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Monica, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Ariana Grande, Destiny’s Child, Fantasia, Jazmine Sullivan, SWV, Total, 702, Mya, Tweet and others.
Missy Elliott entered the 2019 class alongside heavyweights in the music industry, including british singer Cat Stevens and country-folk icon John Prine.