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Celebs celebrate Missy milestone

HONOURED: Missy Elliot

MISSY ELLIOT is without a doubt a music icon. The rapper, known for hit her hit tracks, songwriting skills and imaginative music videos, has been a source of inspiration for artists since her debut with Supa Dupa Fly in 1995 - and now, Missy is getting her just dues as she was recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

The Pass That Dutch hitmaker was named as part of the Class of 2019 on Saturday (12Jan19), when she was unveiled as a new inductee alongside folk veteran John Prine, British singer Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, and R&B writer/producer Dallas Austin, among others.

Missy, the only female artist among the 2019 honourees, made history as the first female rapper in history to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Taking to social media to celebrate her accomplishments, Missy said: "I want to CONGRATULATE all the AMAZING songwriters who have been inducted into the 2019 Song Writers (sic) Hall of Fame also those who were nominated because their body of work is AMAZING," she captioned a photo of herself on Instagram.

"I AM SO HUMBLY GRATEFUL & crying tears of Joy to now be inducted also thank you God and I love all of you so much! I will forever be HUMBLED & GRATEFUL (sic)..."

The hip-hop legend, who has penned tunes for Aaliyah, Whitney Houston, Beyonce plus more was quickly flooded with messages of praise from fans and friends alike, with Mariah, who had missed out on the induction after being nominated this year, among the first to share her congratulations to Missy.

"Congratulations Dahhling (sic)!! Such a well deserved honor," she commented, while Pharrell wrote, "Congrats Sis you the illest (best) (sic)".

"CONGRATS TWIN!!," rapper Busta Rhymes remarked, as singer/actress Jill Scott added, "Absolutely the right thing. Congratulations @missymisdemeanorelliott. I'm one of your biggest fans."

Meanwhile, Missy's longtime collaborator, producer Timbaland, also celebrated the news on Instagram with his own post about her groundbreaking achievement, which he captioned, "@missymisdemeanorelliott congrats to my sister this is major!!!!!!!"

There were also sweet tweets from John Legend, who exclaimed, "Congratulations!!! Well deserved!!"

"Go Missy!" wrote Bruno, while Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda posted: "SO DESERVED. Thank you for the music!"

Other stars applauding Missy's honour included Ludacris, Pusha T, TLC star T-Boz, and singer Fantasia.

Missy is only the third rapper to join the Songwriters Hall of Fame - JAY-Z first made history when he was recognised, and subsequently inducted, in 2017, while Jermaine Dupri became the second hip-hop star honoured last year (18).

The rest of the Class of 2019 is made up by country songwriter Tom T. Hall, and Eagles collaborator Jack Tempchin.

They will be feted at the organisations' 50th annual Induction and Awards Gala in New York on June 13.

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