Missy Elliott, an American artiste, has been nominated for the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame and she happens to be the first female rapper to be so recognised.
Elliott can also become the third rapper to enter the exclusive list following recent inductees, Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri.
The songwriter, who crafted songs for Beyoncé and Whitney Houston, is nominated among artistes for induction at the 50th annual induction and awards gala in New York.
According to the list released by the organisers on Thursday, others joining Elliott as performing nominees are Mariah Carey, Chrissie Hynde, Vince Gill, Mike Love, Jimmy Cliff, and John Prine.
Non-performing nominees are Jack Tempchin, Dean Dillon, Jerry Fuller, Tom T Roger and Nichols, and Boyz II Men, among others.
Elliott, who came on the music scene alongside mega-producer Timbaland, also worked on multiple songs for the late icon, Aaliyah, as well as Carey, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige and Destiny’s Child.
The Songwriters Hall of Fame honours those whose work represents and maintains the heritage and legacy of a spectrum of the most beloved songs from the world’s popular music songbook.