2019’s class of Songwriters Hall of Fame inductees was announced and one inductee has made history!
Hip-hop artist Missy Elliot has made history Saturday, officially becoming the first female artists to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The list of inductees was announced on CBS This Morning, by Hall of Fame Chairman Nile Rodgers.
“It’s amazing. To me, it’s important to have equality. 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,” Rodgers said on air, adding that Elliott is one of his “favorite writers of all time.”
Elliot, the musician behind albums like Under Construction (2002), This Is Not a Test (2003), and The Cookbook (2005) joins a list of superstars as well as lesser-known people inducted into the SHOF including Dallas Austin, Tom T. Hall, John Prine, Jack Tempchin and Cat Stevens (a.k.a. Yusuf).
“The first thing you need to know is it’s about the song, the second thing you need to know is it’s about the song, the third thing you need to know is it’s about the song,” Rodgers later added in a statement. “That’s true now more than ever but it has always been about the song so I’m very proud that in my first year as Chairman of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame that 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.”
Elliot took to Twitter to share her excitement, writing, I want to CONGRATULATE all the AMAZING songwriters who have been inducted into the 2019 “Song Writers Hall of Fame.”