Missy isn’t just one of the most iconic and recognizable female rappers in history, she’s contributed so music all together, that I can’t think of a better person to usher this in for the ladies.
Missy Elliott just became the first female hip-hop artist to be nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Wednesday. She reacted to the news by stating she was “humble and grateful” and that she hopes this paves the way for other female rappers.
“This is an incredible honor. I’m so humbled and grateful to be counted amongst all the incredible honorees,” she shared in a statement shared. “I’ve spent my career making the kind of music I love and it means so much to know that I have touched others as well. But to hear that I am the first female hip hop artist to EVER be nominated into the Rock & Rock Hall of Fame?!? Wow!! This one hits extra different as I hope it opens doors for other female emcees to be recognized!”
Known for many multiplatinum hits such “Get Ur Freak On,” “Work It,” “Lose Control,” and more, all of which she wrote and produced, Missy was also the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019. That same year, she was also the first female rapper to receive the VMAs Vanguard Award and the first honored with a Women’s Entrepreneurship Day Music Pioneer Award at the United Nations….legendary shit, right?
Of course, a nomination doesn’t always guarantee entry, but that’s where we can do our part in helping Missy see this honor. You can vote for her, and other nominees including Soundgarden, A Tribe Called Quest, Rage Against the Machine, Willie Nelson and Kate Bush, here.
Do you think Missy should be receiving this honor?