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Missy Elliott makes history as the first female rapper to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
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Missy Elliott makes history as the first female rapper to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The legendary rapper revealed she 'cried all morning' after discovering the news.

Missy Elliot has officially made history after becoming the first female rapper to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The legendary musician took to Twitter to express her gratitude for honor.

“I want to say this is HUGE not for just me but all my Sisters in HIPHOP this door is now OPEN to showcase the hard work & what many of us contribute to MUSIC,” she shared with her seven million followers.

“I have cried all morning because I am GRATEFUL thank you @rockhall & all on the committee & Supafriends.”

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Many took the opportunity to congratulate the ‘Get Ur Freak On’ rapper, as one person wrote: “From my first time hearing you on the Gina Thompson single, I was amazed and like 'WHO IS THIS?!' It’s been up ever since. Congrats, Missy.”

Another said: “You deserve this and more! You are MY music industry! So so happy for you! Now I just need to be able to finally see you live.”

While a third commented: “Congratulations!!! If anyone deserves this, it's you. Truly an original, inspirational and innovative artist. No one does it like you and I'm grateful for your contribution to music.”

The 51-year-old’s career spans almost three decades.

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Elliot launched her musical career when Jodeci band member DeVante Swing signed her group, Sista, to his Swing Mob Records label.

While the group never released an album together, Elliot went on to meet some key figures in the music industry, which led her to write a song for the hugely famous RnB singer Aaliyah titled ‘One in a Million’ in 1996.

However, her big break came the following year when she released the highly acclaimed Supa Dupa Fly, which sold 1.2 million copies in the US an.

In 2020, the album was ranked number 93 on Rolling Stone's '500 Greatest Albums of All Time'.

Elliot went on to release albums Da Real World and Miss E... So Addictive; however, her best-selling album was UNDER CONSTRUCTION, released in 2002, which sold over 2,270,000 copies.

While speaking to Entertainment Tonight at the time, she said the album is a homage to old-school hip-hop.

“It’s going to educate the younger kids who might not know how far back hip-hop goes – because for the younger generation, they kind of think hip hop starts at Jay-Z, Nas, Missy Elliott, whoever – but it goes farther back than that,” she said.

In addition to Elliott, Kate Bush, Rage Against the Machine, Willie Nelson, George Michael, Sheryl Crow, Chaka Khan and several others will also be in the 2023 class being inducted to the Hall of Fame.

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