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Missy Elliot Is First Female Rapper To Be Inducted Into The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame

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

The 51-year-old rap icon was among the inductees announced by the Rock Hall on Wednesday, May 3. She joins the Class of 2023 including Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, George Michael, Willie Nelson, Rage Against the Machine, and the Spinners.

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In a series of post shared on social media, Missy expressed her gratitude and acknowledged the significance of the historic achievement.

“I want to say this is HUGE not for just me but all my Sisters in HIPHOP,” Missy Elliott declared. “This door is now OPEN to showcase the hard work & what many of us contribute to MUSIC. I have cried all morning because I am GRATEFUL thank you.” 

“I can’t stop crying… You day dream of these moments but today it’s Real.”

In a follow up tweet she spoke about how some of the negative comments she receives online often leaves her flattened.

“It’s times I have gotten on line & seen your irrelevant your a flop your washed up & it would crush me at times. BUT God you made me STRONG I kept going & you allowed my decades of WORK to SPEAK 4 itself. I am HUMBLED thank you all my Supporters. I LOVE YOU.”

The 2023 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductees are recognized for their impact and influence on music.

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NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA – JULY 05: Missy Elliot performs during the 25th Essence Music Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on July 05, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/FilmMagic)

Missy received congratulatory messages from fans and some of her friends in the music industry.

“I’m so proud of you sis,” wrote Janet Jackson on Twitter.

“Congratulations to my sis @MissyElliott on being inducted into the @rockhall!! You deserve it all! Will never stop thanking you for the inspiration you give us all! I love you so much,” wrote Ciara.

Chaka Khan, Al Kooper, and Bernie Taupin will accept the Musical Excellence Award, DJ Kool Herc and Link Wray will be honored with the Musical Influence Award, and Don Cornelius will posthumously receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award during the induction ceremony on Nov. 3 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center.

Congratulations Missy!

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