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    Missy Elliott First Female Hip-Hop Artist Inducted Into The Songwriters Hall Of Fame

    Missy Elliott, the five-time Grammy Award-winning rapper, songwriter and producer, is making history as the first female hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Elliott has been a dominating force in hip-hop for three decades, delivering classics such as “Get Ur Freak On,” “Work It” and “Lose Control.” Behind the scenes, she has contributed her songwriting skills to a number of iconic musicians, including Whitney Houston, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige and Janet Jackson, among many others. Elliott is the third rapper to be inducted, joining Jermaine Dupri and Jay-Z.

    The Songwriters Hall of Fame described Elliott as “one of the most significant female artists in contemporary music history” and an “across-the-board cultural icon.” The Portsmouth, Virginia-native released her acclaimed debut solo album, Supa Dupa Fly, in 1997 — paving the way for a string of hit singles “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly), “Sock It 2 Me,” “Hit Em Wit Da Hee” and “Beep Me 911.” In 1999, Elliott released her sophomore album, Da Real World, home to her first No. 1 U.S. R&B hit “Hot Boyz (Remix),” according to the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

    In 2002, Elliott received her first Grammy award for “Best Rap Performance” for “Get Ur Freak On” — a track from her 2001 album, Miss E…So Addictive. “Work It,” the leading single from her fourth studio album, Under Construction, spent 10 weeks at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 and received a Grammy award for Best Female Rap Solo Performance. Elliott’s sixth studio album, The Cookbook, was comprised of the Grammy-nominated single “We Run This” and the famous sing-along anthem “Lose Control,” the Songwriters Hall of Fame described.

    Elliott is also the only female rapper to have all six studio albums go platinum.

     

     

    U.S singer Missy Elliott performs in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, July 15, 2010. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)ASSOCIATED PRESS

    Most recently, the rapper performed at the 2015 Super Bowl XLIX halftime show alongside headliner Katy Perry. She also appeared with other female artists for the all-star anthem, “This Is For My Girls,” as part of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let Girls Learn initiative and #62MillionGirls campaign, targeted toward raising awareness about the lack of education among girls around the world.

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    Elliott celebrated her historic achievement on Twitter, writing:

    I want to CONGRATULATE all the AMAZING songwriters who have been inducted into the 2019 Song Writers Hall of Fame…also those who were nominated because their body of work is AMAZING. I AM SO HUMBLY GRATEFUL to now be inducted also. I [heart] you all #SHOF2019.”

    According to the Songwriters Hall of Fame, songwriters can qualify for induction after writing a notable catalog of hit songs for a minimum of 20 years.

    The induction event is scheduled for June 13 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City. Elliott will be inducted along with songwriters Dallas Austin, Tom T. Hall, John Prine, Jack Tempchin and Yusuf/Cat Stevens, into the 2019 class.

    Source: Forbes

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    Chris Brown Signs Historic New Deal With RCA Records

    Somewhere in the world, Chris Brown is smiling right now. The artist may be one of the most controversial figures in music’s modern history but he can also consider himself one of the most accomplished. There is no arguing that the man isn’t talented. He’s skilled in many facets of his work: singing, rapping, dancing, painting, directing… you get the point.

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    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Expecting Baby No. 4

    There’s another baby on the way in the Kardashian family.

    After a blockbuster 2018 filled with little ones for the famous siblings, sources confirmed to E! News that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are expecting another baby via surrogate.

    The little one will mark the famous couple’s fourth child together, joining big sisters North West, 5, and Chicago West, 11 months, and older brother Saint West, 3.

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    Drake & Migos’ Tour Gross $79M: Report

    Drake and Migos had one of the biggest tours of the year with their joint “Aubrey & The Three Migos” tour. Although there were a few cancellations and postponements, it proved to be another successful venture on the road for both Drake and Migos. However, the stats behind how much they made off of the tour. According to a new report, the “Aubrey & The Three Migos” tour was a massive success

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    Vladimir Putin Says Rap Should Be “Controlled,”

    Addressing the rapid popularity of rap music among the youth of his country, Russian president Vladimir Putin has said that he wants cultural leaders to devise strategies that control the output and access to the genre, rather than banning it completely.

    “If it is impossible to stop, then we must lead it and direct it, the leader said Saturday at a St. Petersburg meeting with his cultural advisers. According to his logic, attempts to ban artists from performing only has an adverse effect and increases the popularity of hip-hop.

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    Tiffany Haddish’s Ex-Husband Wins First Round

    Tiffany Haddish’s book, The Last Black Unicorn, earned the entertainer a career highlight while also opening up the door to litigation. Her ex-husband, William Stuart, filed a defamation lawsuit against the comedian, along with her co-author, Tucker Max, and publisher, for printing and disseminating lies about him.

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    Lebron James & Lonzo Ball Earn Triple-Doubles

    The Lakers are in full effect this season. After acquiring Lebron James, Los Angeles is in high hopes that he’ll lead them through a victorious season. Last night, The Lakers faced the Hornets, beating them 128-100. However, the game last night wasn’t simply a win for the team. It marked a huge milestone for both Lebron James and Lonzo Ball after the two players earned themselves triple doubles within the same game.

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    Meek Mill and The Game’s feud is officially over.

    On the heels of the release of his first post-prison album, Championships, Game revealed how he and his at one-time nemesis squashed their years-long beef with a simple phone call. “Had a beef wit a n***a that could’ve ended in bloodshed either way. We had difference but when it all boiled down, we were once friends in & out of music,” the Cali rapper captioned an Instagram video of him in a club listening to Meek’s music on Sunday (December 2). “As young African American men we grew in similar situations where a lifespan for us was 21 years of age & that is still the age in which most of us coming from where we come from think we’ll never make it to.”

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