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Missy Elliott Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame – The Color Brief January 14

Missy Elliott Inducted into Songwriters Hall of Fame – The Color Brief January 14

Over the weekend, rapper, singer, and producer Missy Elliott was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. News of her nomination first surfaced last November.

Elliott is the first female rapper to be nominated and inducted.  JAY-Z was the first-ever rapper to be inducted, in 2017.

Elliott began her career as a songwriter, penning hits for the likes of Aaliyah, Gina Thompson, and SWV. She then parlayed her success into an innovative solo career, churning out era-defining work like “Get Ur Freak On” and “Work It”.

Her last full-length project was 2005’s The Cookbook.

In other news…

Awards season continued with last night’s Critics Choice Awards.  Roma was the big winner, taking home the honor for Best Picture while Alfonso Cuaròn was recognized as Best Director.  Both Mahershala Ali and Regina King duplicated last weekend’s Golden Globe wins for Best Supporting Actor and Actress, respectively.  

Also this weekend, the BRIT Award nominations were announced.  Lots of familiar American artists dominated the list – The Carters, Cardi B, Drake, Travis Scott, Janelle Monáe, and Kamasi Washington all snagged nods. The ceremony takes place February 20.

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Indya Moore Poses for Louis Vuitton - The Color Brief January 15

Indya Moore Poses for Louis Vuitton - The Color Brief January 15

Frank Ocean Graces the Cover of GQ – The Color Brief January 11

Frank Ocean Graces the Cover of GQ – The Color Brief January 11