Missy Elliott was brought to tears during her Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony Thursday night.
The legendary rapper was inducted into the Hall by Queen Latifah, and even got a video introduction from former first lady Michelle Obama.
“Missy, I want to thank you for all of your trailblazing ways,” Obama said, according to Billboard. “Thank you not for just sharing your gift with the world but for being an advocate for so many people out there, especially young girls who are still figuring out how to make their voices heard.”
In her acceptance speech, a tearful Elliott said, “Every time I come up to a podium… even with all the work that I’ve done, I don’t know, and I’m assuming it’s just God, I don’t know why I am here.”
With the audience cheering her on, the 47-year-old continued, “I want to say one thing to the writers, to the upcoming writers: ‘Do not give up.’ We all go through writer’s block. Sometimes you just have to walk away from a record and come back to it. But don’t give up because I’m standing here. And this is big for hip hop, too.”
The “Get Ur Freak On” artist is only the third rapper to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, after Jay-Z in 2017 and Jermaine Dupri in 2018.
Along with her own hits, Elliott has written songs for a wide array of female stars, including Aaliyah, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston.