Last night, Missy Elliott finally got her flowers when she was inducted into the Songwriters Hall Fame. Missy is the first female Hip Hop artist to achieve the honor and even President Barack Obama, himself, thanked the legend for her contributions to music and our community.
We’re ecstatic to see Missy, who has penned classic songs like Aaliyah’s “One In A Million,” Total’s “What About Us,” and more, get the respect she deserves — by the way, that doesn’t even begin to cover her work in songwriting for other artists, not to mention her one--a-kind style and all the hits she put out on her own projects.
We’re hoping Missy Elliott’s Songwriters Hall Fame honor is just the beginning and that more and more Black women in music will be recognized down the line. Here are some names that come to mind when we think great women with excellent pen game, who might just follow in Missy’s groundbreaking footsteps one day, or are already beginning to.