On Friday, November 4, Missy Elliott added another accolade to her lengthy resume. At the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, the Virginia native was inducted into the Rock & Hall of Fame alongside Kool Herc, Sheryl Crown and Chaka Khan. She is one of the first rappers to enter the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the first female rapper to hold this distinction.
“Nothing sounded the same after Missy came onto the scene,” Queen Latifah said as she introduced Missy Elliott.
“Everything changed — the bass lines changed, the pockets changed, the cadence, the writing. And that’s because Missy has always been a futurist, someone who’s always looking ahead.”
At 52 years young, the Virginia native has achieved nearly everything there is to accomplish in music. She has sold more than 40 million records worldwide, received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award and earned a star along the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“To be standing here, it means so much to me,” she said before a large crowd in Brooklyn.
“I’m honored just to be in a room with you all.”
Missy Elliott may be a legendary artist, but she is still active and present in today’s music scene. Within the last 12 months, she’s appeared on Chlöe Bailey’s In Pieces, FLO’s “Fly Girl” and Brent Faiyaz’s Larger Than Life.