Missy Elliott Becomes First Female Hip Hop Artist Nominated for Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

by Joseph Omoniyi
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Rapper Missy Elliott has made history as the first female hip hop artist to be nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The announcement of the 2023 nominees was made on February 1, and the artist expressed her humbled gratitude in a press release.

“I’m so humbled and grateful to be counted amongst all the incredible honorees,” said Missy. “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.” The 51-year-old artist also spoke of the significance of the nomination, saying, “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!”

The 2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will take place in the fall, with further details to be announced. Other nominees for the honor include Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, Cyndi Lauper, and George Michael.

Throughout her illustrious career, Missy has been honored with numerous awards, including the 2019 Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and the first rapper in Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2021. The rapper discussed the longevity of her career in a recent interview, saying, “When I think about my albums, you remember very clearly what space you were in at that time. Looking back at Missy 25 years ago, and looking at Missy in 2022, it’s just an amazing feeling. You go through a lot of ups and downs, so to still be standing is always a blessing.”





Joseph Omoniyi

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