Trailblazing Women in Music: Missy Elliott Makes History as First Female Rapper Inducted, Alongside Sheryl Crow, Chaka Khan, and More at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Missy Elliott’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame InductionNight of November 3, 2023

10/03/23 – Breaking Boundaries: Highlights from the 2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

In a night filled with musical brilliance and historic moments, the 2023 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony held in New York left an indelible mark on the world of music. The event showcased an impressive representation of women and Black artists, underscoring their invaluable contributions to the music industry.

Queen Latifah inducts Missy Elliot.

Missy Elliott, an icon in her own right, made history as the first female rapper to be enshrined in the Hall of Fame. Her groundbreaking impact on the hip-hop scene was lauded by Queen Latifah, who commended Elliott’s avant-garde approach to music.

Missy Elliott became the first female hip-hop artist inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Friday night at Brooklyn’s Barclay Center. | photo cred: Derek Blanks

Elliott’s performance was nothing short of electrifying, as she took the stage at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center with an otherworldly presence. With smoke machines, a mesmerizing light show, and a colossal digital screen, she delivered a set featuring some of her most iconic hits, including “Get Ur Freak On,” “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly),” “Work It,” “Pass That Dutch,” and “Lose Control.”

Missy Elliott worked it to hits such as “Get Ur Freak On,” “One Minute Man” and “Lose Control” at Barclays Center. | photo cred:
Derek Blanks
Inductee, Sheryl Crow, poses in the press room during the 38th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.AFP via Getty Images

Olivia Rodrigo wore a black halter mini dress with a unique rose detailed neckline. | cred: FilmMagic

Sheryl Crow and Olivia Rodrigo opened the ceremony, setting the stage for an unforgettable evening. Stevie Nicks joined Crow for a captivating rendition of “Strong Enough,” while Peter Frampton added his magic to “Everyday Is a Winding Road.”

Opening honoree Sheryl Crow was joined by her fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Stevie Nicks on “Strong Enough.” | cred:
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Elton John, emerging from retirement, paid tribute to his songwriting partner, Bernie Taupin. Their enduring partnership was celebrated, with John joking about their harmonious relationship and revealing the completion of a new album.

Elton John inducted his longtime songwriting partner Bernie Taupin into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Friday night.

The night was filled with exceptional performances and heartfelt tributes. Chaka Khan, Kate Bush, Don Cornelius, The Spinners, and DJ Kool Herc were also inducted, representing a diverse range of genres, from funk to R&B, and highlighting the 50th anniversary of hip-hop.

During her Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction speech, Chaka Khan paid tribute to former Rufus bandmate Tony Maiden. | cred: FilmMagic
Chaka Khan and Sia hug onstage during their performance of Khan’s legendary song, ‘I’m Every Woman’. | cred: FilmMagic
Chaka Khan, winner of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Musical Excellence Award, poses in the press room.

Willie Nelson’s presence commanded a significant portion of the ceremony, with notable performances by Dave Matthews and Chris Stapleton. Nelson’s legacy, spanning over 70 albums and a lifetime of musical innovation, was celebrated with admiration and respect. His opening introduction performance was shared beautifully with Hall of Famer newbie Sheryl Crow.

After opening the show, new Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Sheryl Crow joined Willie Nelson for his induction performance.
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George Michael, an everlasting influence in the music world, was honored by Miguel, Carrie Underwood, and Adam Levine, each delivering soul-stirring renditions of his iconic hits.

Carrie Underwood performs a tribute to George Michael with her redition of his song ‘One More Try’.
Adam Levine performs a tribute to inductee George Michael with his redition of ‘Faith’.
Adam Levine also posed on the red carpet with his Victoria’s Secret Angel Behati Prinsloo.

The late Link Wray, a guitar virtuoso, was commemorated by Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, who paid tribute with a mesmerizing performance of Wray’s legendary “Rumble.”

The evening concluded with a powerful performance of the Band’s “The Weight,” paying homage to the late Robbie Robertson, and a call to action from Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, urging for a world without compromise.

This year’s induction ceremony was a testament to the enduring power of music and the profound impact of artists from diverse backgrounds. It was a night of celebration, recognition, and a tribute to the trailblazers who have shaped the musical landscape for generations to come.

Lovebirds Coco Austin and Ice-T pose on the red carpet.

Ice-T speaks during the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 3, 2023, at Barclays Center in New York.   (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

Common strikes a pose.
Miguel and Flavor Flav are seen backstage.
Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine speaks onstage.

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