Billboard Honors Missy Elliott!
When Missy Elliott hit the scene, her futuristic and creatively free essence reigned over everything she touched.
Catching eyes and ears with her debut single “I Can’t Stand The Rain” and her production prowess with Timbaland, the Virginia native broadened the musical space by integrating hip-hop, pop and R&B sensibilities then sprinkling on her signature out-of-the box touches.
Her intrigue and contribution to music culture will be recognized on Dec. 18 as she accepts the inaugural Innovator Award during the 2015 Billboard Women in Music ceremony.
The honor acknowledges artists whose body of work consistently breaks new ground in pop music.
If you aren’t up to par on the work Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott has put in since the ’90s, here’s a scanned overview:
She’s sculpted six top five albums, three of which hit No.1, and sold a total of 7.6 million copies in the U.S.
Aside from personal projects, together she and Timbaland created a new image and sound for Aaliyah and handled most of her production, kicking off the relationship with 1997’s “One In A Million.”
In addition, she’s worked with emerging and established artists ranging from Nicole Wray to Janet Jackson. Her style is unmatched, and it’s clear Missy operates on her own terms and holds creativity hostage when it’s time to cook up hotness.
The 2015 Billboard Women In Music ceremony airs on Lifetime, Dec. 18.