June 20, 2019
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This week Missy Elliott became the first female rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame at the prestigious group’s 50th-anniversary celebration and award ceremony. While we’ve known and previously reported that the hip-hop queen would be celebrated that evening, what took place during the night’s events came as a surprise to the audience as well as the honoree.
A touching tribute from former First Lady Michelle Obama was played on the stage as Queen Latifah presented the award.
In a recording posted to the “Get Your Freak On” rapper’s Instagram, gasps and cheers from the audience can be heard as the video featuring our forever FLOTUS began to play.
Mrs. Obama spoke to the emcee’s courageous and inspiring career stating, “Missy’s example shows us that your voice is more than the words we say, it’s about where those words come from.”
The 47-year-old accepted her award with big small and a few happy tears as she thanked fans and everyone who supported and believed in her along the way.
Missy was not the only inductee representing for the culture that evening. Jermaine Dupree presented the award to Dallas Austin, while another iconic producer Timbaland honored his longtime friend Justin Timberlake.
You can view the entire list of this year’s inductees here.
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