Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott performs at the 2018 Essence Festival in New Orleans.
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November 07, 2018 - 10:50 am
By MESFIN FEKADU, AP Music Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Missy Elliott, one of rap's greatest voices and also a songwriter and producer who has crafted songs for Beyonce and Whitney Houston, is one of the nominees for the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame . Elliott is the first female rapper nominated for the...
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Queen Latifah performs at the 2018 Essence Festival at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Saturday, July 7, 2018, in New Orleans.
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July 08, 2018 - 8:49 am
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Iconic females in the music industry shined at the Essence Festival, where Queen Latifah used her debut performance to celebrate "Ladies First" and her 30 years in the trenches. Latifah was one of the headliners on the festival's main stage Saturday and was joined — to the...
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