Hip-hop legends Missy Elliott and A Tribe Called Quest are nominated for the 2023 class of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Both, respectively, are among over a dozen names with hopes of notable induction.

Iconic rapper Missy Elliott and legendary rap group A Tribe Called Quest are among the 14 acts nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

The Only Hip-Hop Acts Nominated This Year

The list of nominees was announced on Wednesday, Feb. 1, with Missy and A Tribe Called Quest the only hip-hop acts to be nominated this year. 

If they are inducted, they will join the small group of rappers that have been inducted, such as Jay-Z, Run-DMC, Biggie Smalls, LL Cool J, Beastie Boys, N.W.A, Tupac Shakur, Public Enemy, Eminem, Grandmaster Flash, and The Furious Five

Missy Elliott and A Tribe Called Quest, respectively, have a chance to be inducted after long-standing careers lasting over three decades.

Elliott, who just previewed a Super Bowl commercial, is being honored for her lyricism, choreography, and production. Recently, she was also honored with an honorary degree from Norfolk State University, and a street was named after her in her hometown of Portsmouth, Virginia. 

A Tribe Called Quest, or ATCQ,  rose to fame in the 1990s and featured members Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Jarobi White, and the late Phife Dawg. The group was also known for their lyricism and jazz-infused production. In addition, they are also well-known for iconic albums such as 1991’s The Low End Theory and 1993’s Midnight Marauders. 

Other recently honored hip-hop acts include West Coast rap legend Snoop Dogg, iconic singer Sade, and legendary producer Teddy Riley, who was also inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Lil Wayne, Missy Elliott & Dr. Dre To Be Honored By The Recording Academy At The Black Music Collective During Grammy Weekend

On Feb. 2, Missy Elliott will also be honored at the Black Music Collective along with rap icons Lil Wayne and Dr. Dre. All for their contributions to music. Each artist will be honored during Grammy weekend with the Global Impact Award.