Missy Elliott could be the first female rapper in Songwriters Hall of Fame
The star rapper has made the 2019 list of nominees for the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame which the New York-based organisation revealed Thursday.
As the first female rapper to be nominated for the prize, Missy Elliott would become the genre's third artist to enter the institution, after Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri.
Other nominees this year include Mariah Carey, Chrissie Hynde, Jimmy Cliff, Cat Stevens aka Yusuf Islam, Vince Gill, Tommy James of the Shondells, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, Jeff Lynne, Mike Love of the Beach Boys, Lloyd Price and John Prine.
Of these nominees, six songwriters (or groups of songwriters) will be officially inducted into the Hall of Fame at the institution's gala event on June 13 2019.
Artist, songwriter and producer, Missy Elliott was the "top female hip hop album seller" of the late 1990s and early 2000s and worked with musical acts like Destiny's Child, the late Aaliyah, Janet Jackson and Macy Gray.
The rapper responded to the news of her nomination on Twitter saying "I am humbly grateful to be nominated with so many other amazing writers. Congratulations to all of them also."
In response to fans who said Elliott should have been nominated for this honour a long time ago, she tweeted "they only nominate you if you been doing it for at least 20 years ... again I am thankful just to be on the list".
Founded in 1969, the Songwriters Hall of Fame seeks to promote and celebrate the work of popular music's greatest songwriters.
The Hall of Fame includes such names as Burt Bacharach, Chuck Berry, Jon Bon Jovi, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Elton John, Cyndi Lauper, Charles Aznavour and Dolly Parton.
• Additional reporting by staff reporter.