Missy Elliott has made history by becoming the first female rapper to be inducted into the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! The Get Ur Freak On singer was introduced by fellow rapper Queen Latifah at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where Latifah praised Missy Elliott as a true "visionary" in the music industry.
"Nothing sounded the same after Missy came on the scene," she shared with the audience. "She is avant-garde without even trying." Not only that, but Queen Latifah also emphasized the importance of Missy Elliott's influence on the generations of artists that followed her. She also gave props to Missy for her courage in speaking out against misconceptions, stereotypes, and misogyny female artists in the music biz have faced. Seeing how many artists she's inspired, it's pretty hard to disagree. Before Missy took the stage, she gave the audience a real treat, performing some of her most iconic singles, like Get Ur Freak On, The Rain, Work It, Pass That Dutch, and Lose Control.
In her acceptance speech, Missy kept it real, showing love and gratitude to her millions of fans that helped her get to where she is. She encouraged everyone to spread love in a world that desperately needs it. And she gave major props to her fellow inductees, feeling honored to be in the same room with them. "I’m still pinching myself to even be in a room with some of the inductees that I see," Missy shared. But maybe the most heartwarming part of Missy's night was that it was actually her mom's first time seeing her perform live! The hip-hop icon has previously shared that she avoided having her conservative mom in the audience because of some "little words" she'd rather her mom didn't hear. But it looks like the occasion was special enough for an exception to be made.
Missy Elliott's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame marks a historic moment for hip-hop! It comes just a couple of years after the cultural icon received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame back in 2021. You go, Missy!