Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliot has become the first ever female hip-hop artist to be nominated to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Rock and Rock Hall of Fame requires that for an artist to qualify for a nomination, their first commercial album must have come out 25 years prior to the year of nomination.
“I have cried my eyes out. I am so HUMBLY GRATEFUL for this nomination with also 14 other Amazing artist so grateful[.] To All of you & my fans who been through this journey with me I Thank You also 4 helping me get here[.] YOU ROCK.”
Miss Elliot on Instagram
The path-breaking rapper and producer’s debut-album Supa Dupa Fly came out in 1997, which included a memorable video-collaboration with Hype Williams titled the “The Rain.” She won a Grammy for her 2002 hit “Get Ur Freak on,” and hit her best of number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 with her 2003 single “Work it.”
With over 40 million records sold, Missy Elliot is one of the most best-selling female rappers in history. She was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2019.
Missy celebrated the news in a short statement and called it an incredible honor for her, “This is an incredible honor. I’m so humbled and grateful to be counted amongst all the incredible honorees.”
She joins Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, Cyndi Lauper, Iron Maiden, JoyDivision/New Order, The Spinners, George Michael, Willie Nelson, Rage Against the Machine, Soundgarden, A Tribe Called Quest, The White Stripes and Warren Zevon as this year’s nominees.
Later, Elliot also released an Instagram statement. She reacted to the news on Instagram. “I have cried my eyes out. I am so HUMBLY GRATEFUL for this nomination with also 14 other Amazing artist so grateful[.] To All of you & my fans who been through this journey with me I Thank You also 4 helping me get here[.] YOU ROCK.”
The RRHOF inductees will be revealed in May, 2023. Fan-votes counted online through vote.rockhall.com will be tallied with the ballots from the RRHOF’s international voting body.