Missy Elliott has stunned her fans with a carousel of colorful and gorgeous outfits in the wake of her Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced its nominees for the 2023 induction ceremony on Wednesday (February 1), with Missy earning a nod alongside fellow Hip Hop icons A Tribe Called Quest.
The Virginia-bred rapper received the nod in her first year of eligibility since her 1997 debut album Supa Dupa Fly was released over 25 years ago, making her eligible for consideration per the Hall of Fame’s rules.
Missy celebrated the nomination by posting a video on Instagram showing her flaunting her “supa dupa flyness” on what looks like a runway. The 52-year-old pioneer changed wardrobes throughout the clip as various songs from her catalog soundtracked the transitions, including “Pussycat” and her “Turn da Lights Off” collaboration with Tweet.
Many of Missy Elliott’s contemporaries took to the comments section to shower the “Work It” rapper in praise, including Rapsody, Trina, Busta Rhymes, TLC’s T-Boz and Kerry Washington.
“Yessssssss Miss,” Trina wrote along with a series of love heart and fire emojis, while T-Boz added: GIRLLLLLLL U BETTTA.”
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“I have cried my eyes out,” Missy Elliott initially wrote on Instagram while reacting to news of her Hall of Fame nod. “I am so HUMBLY GRATEFUL for this nomination with also 14 other Amazing artist so grateful[.] To All of you & my fans who been through this journey with me I Thank You also 4 helping me get here[.] YOU ROCK.”
If Missy and Tribe are successfully voted in, they’ll join an expanding list of rappers to be memorialized in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious were the first Hip Hop act to earn a spot in 2007, followed by Run-DMC, Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, N.W.A, 2Pac, Biggie and JAY-Z.
Regardless, Missy Elliott’s groundbreaking career has already been celebrated in a big way. In 2019, she was the first female Hip Hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. The ceremony was held at the Marriott Marquis in New York City, where Missy gave an emotional speech about her iconic career.
“Every time I come up to a podium … even with all the work that I’ve done, I don’t know, and I’m assuming it’s just God, I don’t know why I am here,” she said. “I want to say one thing to the writers, to the upcoming writers, ‘Do not give up.’ We all go through writer’s block.
“Sometimes you just have to walk away from a record and come back to it. But don’t give up because I’m standing here. And this is big for Hip Hop, too.”