The Songwriters Hall Of Fame has announced its official class of 2019 and it’s led by the incomparable Missy Elliott.
Last Fall saw the shortlist unveiled for the coveted honor, with the rapper/singer/producer appearing alongside names such as Mariah Carey.
Yet, with the ballots now tallied, its Elliott who nabbed a spot.
She’s joined by fellow new entrants such as Dallas Austin, John Prine, Cat Stephens, and Jack Tempchin.
The move seems to cement the Hall’s commitment to being more inclusive of Urban pioneers; a drive that saw Jay-Z become the first rapper inducted in 2017 and hitmaker Jermaine Dupri included the year after.
Notably, Elliott is the first female rapper.
Speaking on the honor, Missy said:
“I want to CONGRATULATE all the AMAZING songwriters who have been inducted into the 2019 “Song Writers Hall of Fame ???? also those who were nominated because their body of work is AMAZING. I AM SO HUMBLY GRATEFUL & crying tears of Joy to now be inducted also thank you God?? and I love all of you so much! I will forever be HUMBLED & GRATEFUL #SHOF2019 ✍?”
The Hall’s new chairman Nile Rodgers hailed the 2019 class saying “we are recognizing some of the culturally most important songwriters of all time.”
“The 2019 slate of inductees represents diversity and unity across genres and gender, highlighting our dedicated mission to honor music creators who have enriched our lives. These are writers who in their time literally transformed music and helped make what’s happening today possible.”
The 50th Annual Songwriters Hall Of Fame induction ceremony takes place June 13th at Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York’s Square.