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NEW YORK - Missy Elliot is among the nominees for the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame, making history as the first female rapper nominated for the award.
The Associated Press reported that the songwriter, producer and rapper joins performing nominees Mariah Carey, Chrissie Hynde, Vince Gill, Mike Love, Jimmy Cliff, Jeff Lynne, Cat Stevens, John Prine, Lloyd Price, Tommy James and the Eurythmics -- Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart.
Nonperforming nominees include solo writers and duos Jack Tempchin, Dean Dillon, Jerry Fuller, Tom T. Hall, Roger Nichols, Dallas Austin, P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, Russell Brown and the late Irwin Levine, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore, Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham, and Bobby Hart and the late Tommy Boyce.
Six of the nominees will be inducted at the 50th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction & Awards Gala in New York. According to The AP, eligible members of the Hall of Fame can vote for three performing and nonperforming songwriters each. The voting deadline is Dec. 17.
If Elliot wins, she would be the third rapper to be inducted and the first female rapper in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Jay-Z was the first rapper inducted in 2017, and Jermaine Dupri was inducted in 2018.
“I am Humbly Grateful to be nominated with so many other AMAZING writers,” Elliot wrote on Twitter. “Congratulations to all of them also.”
https://t.co/M5lXo80Oz2 i am Humbly Grateful to be nominated with so many other AMAZING writers🙏🏾 Congratulations to all of them also🙌🏾— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) November 7, 2018