Songwriters Hall Of Fame 2019: Missy Elliott Becomes First Female Rapper Nominated / Mariah Carey Shortlisted

Published: Wednesday 7th Nov 2018 by Sam

As one of Hip-Hop’s most prolific talents, Missy Elliott is renown for securing a number of firsts. But the latest may well be the most notable.

For, the star has been announced as the first female rapper to be nominated for entry into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.

And she’s not alone. Because, Mariah Carey has also been named on the list of contenders for the 2019 class.

Details below…

In a statement made to press, organizers confirmed that the following join the duo on the ballot:

Additional Performing Nominees: Chrissie Hynde, Vince Gill, the Beach Boys’ 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: Dallas Austin, Jack Tempchin, Dean Dillon, Jerry Fuller, Tom T. Hall, Roger Nichols.

Non-Performing Songwriting Duos: P.F. Sloan & Steve Barri, Russell Brown and Irwin Levine, musical theater writers Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore, Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham, Bobby Hart and Tommy Boyce.

Eligible members are able to vote until the ballot closes on December 17th. Each member can male three performing and three non-performing picks.

All leads to the Hall’s 50th annual ceremony in New York City on June 13th 2019, during which six songwriters or songwriting groups will be officially inducted. [Source]


Should she enter, Missy – whose success as an artist and writer for other acts is well-documented – will be the third rapper ever to be inducted. Priors from the genre are Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri – in the 2017 and 2018 classes respectively. In 2011, Canadian superstar Drake received Hal David Starlight Award, which honors new talent.

As for Mimi, she has 18 #1 singles to her name, many of which she wrote – including ‘Hero’ and ‘We Belong Together.’

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  1. Jasmine Da Bi Asian iSlay TROLLmine Rasputia (hermaphrodite) on the daily November 7, 2018

    Of all female rappers she’s contributed most, at least on a musical front. Rapping, singing(real singing), innovative production of multiple legendary songs/artists(including her own), innovative music videos, innovative fashion, crossover appeal, dancing/dance culture, FEMALE UNITY/EMPOWERMENT and she’s earned multiple Grammys awards and billboard hits. THE LEGENDARY MELISSA “MISSY MISDEMEANOR “ ELLIOT. One of a kind #Legend

    • Clayne November 7, 2018


      • China November 8, 2018

        Mariah and Missy. This honor is OVERDUE. Hits and Hits for Days.

    • Detruth November 7, 2018

      You stating all facts!

  2. Ha November 7, 2018

    B**** she didn’t just write most of them she wrote ALL of them minus her I’ll Be There cover..she’s written and produced everything she’s ever sent out. Hence why she’s worth 600 million because she owns all writes to everything.

    • Jasmine Da Bi Asian iSlay TROLLmine Rasputia (hermaphrodite) on the daily November 7, 2018

      Mariah is a vocal producer but producer, in the classical sense of actually making the music/putting it together she is not. She is a singer/songwriter

    • DanYiel Iman November 7, 2018

      My thoughts EXACTLY!! Mariah is shortchanged for sure!!???

      • Jasmine November 7, 2018

        They both deserve this award. There is always next year. They both should have won this award a long time ago because now it seems long overdue.

  3. Gee November 7, 2018

    Congratulations to all the nominees. But I want to see both Mariah and Missy both get their just due.

  4. Tarter_sauce November 7, 2018

    I feel like missy is just so talented beyond mesaures.
    I like her honestly her music and creativiity is just mind blowing. I hope in 2019 she slays music, because we need it now.

    • Yolanda November 7, 2018

      So so so creative. That video with the workout balls is everything!

  5. Yolanda November 7, 2018

    Make it happen! Go Missy!

  6. pon_De November 8, 2018

    If ya’ll don’t put some RESPEK on this woman’s name! She wrote ALL of her #1s except for the remake of ‘I’ll Be There’

  7. STOP WITH JASMIN TROLL – its SPAMMING November 8, 2018

    not a missy fan. but i do acknowledged her MASSIVE contribution in the music industry. And MIMI deserve the award. SHE HAS countless of hit and her pen game is one of the best. Hope both of them win the award

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