Missy Elliott makes songwriting history

Missy Elliott first female rapper inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame

Missy Elliott made history on Saturday by becoming the first female hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Only the third rapper ever inducted, Missy tweeted that she was “so humbly grateful.”

The announcement was made on CBS This Morning in the US and Hall of Fame chairman Nile Rodgers paid a glowing tribute to Missy, describing her as “one of my favourite writers of all time.”

We bet Nile says that about all the nominees.

“To me, it’s important to have equality,” he added.

“I’ve written with a lot of women songwriters, but not nearly enough. That’s sort of my secret goal – I want to have more women songwriters.”

Speaking to Music News LIVE at the Wilderness Festival last summer, Nile told us:

“Songwriting is the only part of the business that is almost equally represented by women as it is men, I’ve never met someone who has said, ‘I don’t want to sing that song because it’s been written by a women,’ like that would never happen.

“It’s always been a place of good opportunity for women but still not quite equal and I want to try and do something that’s makes a difference.”

Also going into that most-esteemed Hall, alongside Missy, are fellow songwriters Dallas Austin, Tom T. Hall and John Prine, as well as Jack Tempchin and Yusuf Islam – formerly Cat Stevens.

First Published 14.01.19: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment_and_arts

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