Missy Elliott, John Prine and Cat Stevens are among 2019’s inductees into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the “Work It” rapper has made musical history. Elliott is not only the sole woman to be honored this year, but the first ever female hip-hop artist to be included in this prestigious lyricist group (and the third rapper altogether) since its 1969 inception.

The Virginia native let her excitement be known when she shared her heartfelt thanks with a brief, emoji-dotted message: “I want to CONGRATULATE all the AMAZING songwriters who have been inducted into the 2019 Song Writers Hall of Fame… also those who were nominated because their body of work is AMAZING.”

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The multiple Grammy award-winning artist has spent three decades in the industry, collaborating with other household names like Nas, Eve, Lil’ Kim, and Timbaland.

Country scribe Tom T. Hall, Eagles collaborator Jack Tempchin and pop and R&B producer and writer Dallas Austin round out the group of this year’s honorees to be inducted at New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel on June 13th.

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