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Missy’s Getting In The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Missy Elliot

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation recently announced the nominees for the class of 2023 induction. On that list is the first female hip-hop star ever to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Missy Elliot!

Elliot was not only the first female rapper to be inducted into the prestigious group, but she was also the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019. Rapper, singer, songwriter, and producer Elliot has been in the music industry for over 30 years. Elliot collaborated with famous producer Timbaland on projects for artists like Aaliyah, Total, SWV, and Fantasia. She is known for her futuristic and out of the box music videos along with her unique flow and music style.

The Hall of Fame commended Elliott for forging “new paths for women in the music industry and society at large through her behind-the-scenes mastery and unapologetic ownership of her body, her sexual desires, and her Blackness in her music.”

Elliot has always been an inspiration of mine. I admire how her creativity shines through all her work. Her popular hits “One In A Million” by Aaliyah, “Need U Bad” by Jazmine Sullivan, “Free Yourself” by Fantasia, and Ciara’s “1, 2 Step” were all written or produced by Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliot.

Another musical legend among the class of 2023 inductees is Chicago native Chaka Khan. This singer that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame calls a “funk queen, rock goddess, jazz singer, disco diva,” has given us unforgettable hits like “Through The Fire,” “I’m Every Woman,” “Ain’t Nobody,” “What Cha’ Gonna for Me,” “Tell Me Something Good,” and “I feel For You.”

Chaka Khan

Other new additions to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame include Kate Bush, Rage Against the Machine, Willie Nelson George Michael and the Spinners. An induction ceremony and concert to take place Nov. 3rd at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

 

By Amariyah Mallory, Freshman, Whitney Young

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Written by Amariyah Mallory

Amariyah Mallory is a life long learner who's passionate about dance, committed to social justice and service, invested in African America culture and current events, and devoted to writing. 

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