Missy Elliott Becomes First Female Rapper Nominated For Songwriters Hall Of Fame

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Missy Elliott Becomes First Female Rapper Nominated For Songwriters Hall Of Fame

Popular US rapper, Missy Elliott, has been nominated for the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Elliott, one of rap’s greatest voices and also a songwriter and producer, becomes the first female rapper nominated for the prestigious prize and can also become the third rapper to enter the organisation following recent inductees JAY-Z and Jermaine Dupri.

The songwriter, who crafted songs for Beyoncé and Whitney Houston, is nominated among artistes for induction at the Hall’s 50th annual Induction and Awards Gala in New York.

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Joining Elliott as performing nominees are Mariah Carey, Chrissie Hynde, Vince Gill, Mike Love, Jimmy Cliff, Jeff Lynne, Cat Stevens, John Prine, Lloyd Price, Tommy James and the Eurythmics (Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart).

Non-performing nominees are Jack Tempchin, Dean Dillon, Jerry Fuller, Tom T. Hall, Roger Nichols and Dallas Austin, who wrote hits for TLC, Madonna, Monica, Pink and Boyz II Men.

Nominated non-performing songwriting duos include P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, Russell Brown and the late Irwin Levine, musical theater writers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore, Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham, Bobby Hart and the late Tommy Boyce.

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Songwriters are eligible for induction after writing hit songs for at least 20 years. Six songwriters, or songwriting groups, will be officially inducted at the Hall’s 50th annual Induction & Awards Gala in New York on June 13, 2019.

Eligible members can vote for three non-performing songwriters and three performing songwriters until December 17.

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