Veteran American hip-hop star, Missy Elliott, has emerged as the first female rapper nominated for the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame after she was announced among the nominees.

Being the first female rapper nominated for the prestigious prize, the 47-year-old rapper could also become the third rapper to enter the organization following recent inductees Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri.

Joining Elliott as performing nominees are Mariah Carey, Chrissie Hynde, Vince Gill, Mike Love, Jimmy Cliff, Jeff Lynne, Cat Stevens, John Prine, Lloyd Price, Tommy James and the Eurythmics (Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart).

Non-performing nominees are Jack Tempchin, Dean Dillon, Jerry Fuller, Tom T. Hall, Roger Nichols andDallas Austin, who wrote hits for TLC, Madonna, Monica, Pink and Boyz II Men.

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