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Missy Elliott becomes first female rapper to join Rock & Roll HOF

The rapper is joined by Sheryl Crow, George Michael, and Willie Nelson in this year’s class of inductees.

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The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced their 2023 inductees, and Missy Elliott joins the group of honorees as the first-ever female rapper to join the HOF. She is joined by Kate Bush, Sheryl Crow, Willie Nelson, George Michael, Rage Against the Machine, and Chaka Khan, among others.

The Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place in Brooklyn, New York in November, though the HOF itself is located in Cleveland, Ohio.

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five were the first ever rap group to be inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007, and Tupac Shakur was the first ever solo rapper to be inducted in 2017. Elliott also joins the company of the likes of Jay-Z, Notorious B.I.G, N.W.A, and Eminem in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

Per the Hall of Fame’s website, to be eligible for nomination, “an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.”