Missy Elliott, the creative mastermind who has written hit songs for a number of female acts and created camaraderie amongst ladies in the music commerce for better than twenty years, felt the love once more from her musical sisters as she grew to change into the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
During an effectivity, breakthrough singer-rapper Lizzo launched Elliott’s colorful and eccentric music motion pictures to life in an ensemble identical to what Elliott sported in the late ’90s — the finger wave hairdo included. Da Brat, fiery as ever, joined Lizzo onstage for “Sock It 2 Me” in New York on Thursday night.
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Queen Latifah, a Grammy, Emmy, and Golden Globe winner, inducted Elliott with selection phrases as she paid homage to their long-lasting friendship. And even former first lady Michelle Obama took her flip to say how loads of a Missy Elliott fan she is.
“Missy, I want to thank you for all of your trailblazing ways,” Obama talked about in a taped video that aired via the event. “Thank you not for just sharing your gift with the world, but for being an advocate for so many people out there, especially young girls who are still figuring out how to make their voices heard.”
It all launched Elliott to tears: Near the highest of her 10-minute speech, the Grammy winner broke down after telling humorous and deep tales about how her creative ideas labored as a toddler.
“I am thankful,” she talked about, pausing for a number of seconds.
“Every time I come up to a podium … even with all the work that I’ve done, I don’t know, and I’m assuming it’s just God, I don’t know why I am here,” she talked about with tears in her eyes as a result of the viewers erupted with cheers and applause. “I want to say one thing to the writers, to the upcoming writers, ‘Do not give up.’ We all go through writer’s block. Sometimes you just have to walk away from a record and come back to it. But don’t give up because I’m standing here. And this is big for hip-hop, too.”
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Elliott is merely the third rapper to enter into the Songwriters Hall, following Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri’s inductions in 2017 and 2018, respectively. While she’s written her private hit songs — from “Get Ur Freak On” to “Work It” to “Lose Control” — Elliott has moreover lent her writing talents to others — significantly woman groups and pop and R&B soloists, along with the late icon Aaliyah, Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Monica, Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Ariana Grande, Destiny’s Child, Fantasia, Jazmine Sullivan, SWV, Total, 702, Mya, Tweet and others.
Elliott entered the 2019 class alongside heavyweights in the music commerce, along with legendary British singer Cat Stevens and country-folk icon John Prine.
“I love songwriting. I love to paint myself into a corner and have to write my way out of it,” talked about Prine, who carried out onstage with Bonnie Raitt. “And when I co-write I always try to pick out a really good restaurant, so if things ain’t happening in the first 30 minutes, just go: ‘Hey man, let’s go get some lunch.'”
Cat Stevens, who reworked to Islam and now goes by Yusuf/Cat Stevens, talked about as his life took a number of journeys, so did his songwriting.
“My first search was for wealth and success but then I was dragged underground after the first battle with fame and the demands of the music business. I was hospitalized with a thing called TB, but that was a great opening for me, a great chance, and that’s when my real journey started,” he talked about. “And that journey was to do a search for meaning, so that kind of defined, I think, my main contribution to being a songwriter.”
Songwriters are eligible for induction after writing hit songs for a minimal of 20 years. Other inductees have been Jack Tempchin, who co-wrote songs for the Eagles and Glenn Frey’s solo albums; Dallas Austin, the songwriter behind radio hits for TLC, Monica, Pink, Boyz II Men and Madonna; and Tom T. Hall, who Johnny Cash knew as his “all-time favorite songwriter.” Hall didn’t attend the 50th annual induction ceremony nevertheless taped an acceptance speech.
Sara Bareilles, who was honored finally yr’s ceremony, stole the current Thursday when she fantastically sang her hit “Brave.” She was on piano whereas Jack Antonoff, the music’s co-writer, assisted on guitar. They gave Martin Bandier, who stepped down as CEO and chairman of Sony/ATV Music Publishing this yr, the Visionary Leadership Award.
Pop singer Halsey carried out and earned the Hal David Starlight Award, whereas Oscar winner Carole Bayer Sager — who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall in 1987 — acquired the Johnny Mercer Award and sang with Patti LaBelle onstage. The president and CEO of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Linda Moran, earned the Champion Award.
Justin Timberlake acquired the Contemporary Icon Award and closed the multi-hour event with an effectivity, singing “New York, New York” after which going into his private hits that he had a hand in writing, along with “My Love” and “Cry Me a River.”