Rap icon Missy Eliot, has been inducted into the song writers hall of fame, making her the first official female artist to be inducted. The platinum-selling artist received the honour on Thursday at the Marriott Marquis in New York City.
The honour was given by Queen Latifah who spoke earnestly about their decade’s long friendship. The night became even more memorable as the wife of former US President, Michelle Obama, sent in a taped video which aired during the ceremony. “Missy, I want to thank you for all of your trailblazing ways,” Obama said. “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 was indeed an emotional night that had Missy breaking down in tears during her acceptance speech. “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 said. “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.”