Missy Elliott To Receive First Ever ‘Innovator’ Honor At Billboard’s Women In Music 2015

Published: Thursday 19th Nov 2015 by Sam

Missy Elliott quite literally wears many hats. However, millions would agree that the most fitting of them all is that of “innovator.”

Billboard certainly agree; the industry giant has just announced that the rap pioneer will be honored with the inaugural Innovator Award at Billboard’s Women in Music 2015 next month.

Details below…

Set to air December 18th on Lifetime,  the event – which will also honor Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey, and Fifth Harmony – celebrates the achievements of females in the music business.

And it goes without saying that Missy is not short on achievements.

She has achieved six top five albums on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart – the most of any female rap artist – including three#1’s: her 1997 debutSupa Dupa Fly,’ ‘Da Real World’ and ‘Miss E …So Addictive.’ Totally, her albums have sold 7.6 million copies in the US, confirms Nielsen Music.

Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Billboard’s parent company, said in a statement:

“Missy Elliott is a once-in-a-generation artist and producer whose artistic brilliance and creative vision have transformed pop and hip hop music.

It’s such a thrill to make this announcement while Missy is on our current Billboard cover after a decade-long hiatus. There are few artists more respected by her peers and more creative. We are proud to honor her with the inaugural Women in Music Innovator award.”

The news comes after the explosive launch of Missy’s new single ‘WTF (Where They From)’ featuring Pharrell.

Beyond being a great honor, it’s awesome to see the promotional machine in full for Missy. Far too often the the business does a stellar job of propping up the sub-par. As such, it’s refreshing to see the wheels in motion for an act that is wholly deserving.

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  1. da realest November 19, 2015

    Way 2 go Missy

    • You tried November 19, 2015

      Missy”s Next single will be. Huge! I can feel it! Investors are probably knocking at the door of opportunity now!! BITTING MY DAMN NAILS! Waiting on the next Visual! QUEEN MISSY

  2. ~The Arcade~ November 19, 2015

    Congrats Missy!!! ????????????

  3. xtina fan November 19, 2015

    Yayy! Congrats, she deserves this and more!!

  4. iSpeakTruthNoFallacy November 19, 2015

    Shoutout to the QUEEN of RAP! I’m happy that she’s finally getting the mainstream recognition as the icon she is. Sidenote, I’m not used to seeing such a skinny missy; I couldn’t tell in that above if it was her or Tweet.

  5. LIL’ KIM IS THE G.O.A.T. November 19, 2015

    “Propping up the subpar.” Like HOnika. I’m so happy the legend is back to save us from HOnika’s bullśhit. Lil’ Kim is coming too, bitçheś!!!!!!!!!’

    • Lil Kim thee ONLY QB November 19, 2015

      I wish Kim was legally able to make up comeback.

    • Jonatello November 19, 2015

      Why do lil kim fans ALWAYS have to bring up Nicki on a post that has NOTHING to do with her?! I saw no barbs hating until i scrolled down to your comment! Just congratulate missy and move on!

    • Ronnie November 19, 2015

      Missy is being honored, just like Nicki is being honored this year. They are both doing their own things. Lmao y’all always hating for no reason

      • truth(Janet is QWEEN, was a hot MaDINOSAUR is a flop! Deal!) November 20, 2015

        Nicki could never ho

  6. WINTZ November 19, 2015

    MISSY don’t kill ’em!! Have some mercy Queen!!

    If my pride for you grows ONE more time… I’m going to burst like skittles at the end of the rainbow boo! They ain’t ready.. ????

    Come through lioness!! Contgratzzz!!

  7. QING DUNK November 19, 2015

    Yes Missy already slaying with one single…

  8. Lake Erie November 19, 2015

    Much deserved indeed! Congratulations Missy!!!

  9. Chile, leave my weave at the door and don’t steal it like those broke ass barb stans November 19, 2015

    Yes, yes, yes! This is exactly what she needs! The public acclaim and publicity will be perfect for her. I’m so proud of this black woman being the leader of the pack! Yes, Misdemeanor, show then who run this!

  10. What now November 19, 2015

    She’s so deserving of this award. She is the most creative female rapper to ever get in front of a camera and a green screen. Slay ’em b****!

  11. King Stephy November 19, 2015

    Congrats Missy! I hope she does a melody of her fun hits.

  12. Livin La Lopez November 19, 2015

    Good for her but the truth is that Missy is iconic for being innovative not because of her rap skill. Nicki is a better rapper but Missy is a better artist. Compare their lyrics if you don’t agree.

    • x_x November 19, 2015

      “Starships were meant to fly.” -Starships by Nicki Minaj.


      • Ciah’s Turtle November 23, 2015

        b****.. that’s one POP song. dig deeper

    • 4everBrandy_Ci November 19, 2015

      NO the truth is Missy is a groundbreaking for her lyricism and music which Nicki needs to step it up. I think it’s funny that people try to make Nicki a superior artist but when you compare he to Missy, Lil Kim, Lauryn Hill, and the rest of the female rappers its obvious that she still has to make a impact in a way that will give her longevity. I think the problem is people want to make Nicki a more superior artist but that’s how I look a it. Meanwhile Missy has changed the game PERIOD.

      • Ronnie November 19, 2015

        It’s kind of silly to say Nicki won’t have longevity. She gets brought up in EVERY discussion when it comes to female rappers regardless if it’s by people who love her or hate her. This post is simply about Missy yet people feel the need to throw shade at Nicki.. Why?? Her impact on the game is obvious like it or not.

  13. 4everBrandy_Ci November 19, 2015

    Missy Elliott is the motherfucking QUEEN!!!!! This is so amazing and it’s so wonderful to see this woman get the credit and acknowledgment she deserves because she PAVED the way and made a lane for herself!!!!! Missy opened doors for artists of her time and this generation so getting an award is phenomenal!!!!! I see you Missy!!!!

  14. November 19, 2015

    gratz to her.

  15. MissMaam November 19, 2015

    She definitely deserves it!! Now if MTV’s VMAs would award her with the Video Vanguard Award/tribute then I can be happy.. 2016 would be a perfect year to give it to her!!

    • Beyond Amazing (Cause Bey Really Is!!!) November 19, 2015

      I agree. Busta deserves that award also.

  16. #JACKIE November 19, 2015

    When will Nicki?

    • Ciah’s Turtle November 23, 2015

      sis, when..will..YOU

  17. @JanetCIARA_ November 19, 2015


  18. @JanetCIARA_ November 19, 2015

    Wondering if Missy has a Ciara collab on this new album! That would be so sick for the nostalgia!

  19. WE FOUND RIHANNA November 19, 2015

    Lil Kim could never-make a comeback this EPIC!

  20. Ciah’s Turtle November 23, 2015

    Come thru Missssaaaayyyy!!!! Finally getting that recognition you so truly deserve. Your videos were ALWAYS next level

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