Missy Elliott and Atlantic Records to receive recognition from National Museum of African American Music

Missy Elliott

Missy Elliott and Atlantic Records will be recognized for their contributions to music at the National Museum of African American Music’s Celebration of Legends. The event is scheduled for June 2 in Nashville.

Missy Elliott, a highly regarded figure in hip-hop, will be in attendance, along with Mya, who collaborated with Elliott on the hit song “Lady Marmalade.” Sylvia Rhone, the chairwoman/CEO of Epic Records, who previously worked with Elliott, will also be honored.

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The Celebration of Legends has previously paid tribute to esteemed artists such as Lionel Richie, Chaka Khan, Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson, and the Fisk Jubilee Singers.

Missy Elliott recently made history as the first female hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. In 2019, she also became the first female hip-hop artist and songwriter to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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Throughout her career, Elliott has achieved remarkable success, with nine of her songs reaching the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Her iconic track “Work It” spent an impressive 10 weeks at No. 2. She has won four Grammy Awards and received Video of the Year honors at the VMAs twice.

Atlantic Records, founded in 1947, holds a significant place in the music industry. Initially specializing in jazz, R&B, and soul music, the label released groundbreaking recordings by legendary artists like Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Ruth Brown, and Otis Redding. Over the years, Atlantic expanded its reach to include rock and pop genres.

The National Museum of African American Music is dedicated to celebrating and preserving the significant contributions of African Americans to the world of music. Since its opening in 2021, the museum has provided a platform for diverse cultural offerings, allowing Nashville residents and visitors to explore the rich musical heritage of African Americans.

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The upcoming Celebration of Legends event is a testament to the immense talent and influence of Missy Elliott and the legacy of Atlantic Records. It serves as a recognition of their profound impact on the music industry and their contributions to shaping the musical landscape. The event will bring together artists, industry professionals, and music lovers to honor their achievements and continue the mission of the National Museum of African American Music in celebrating African American musical heritage.