Missy Elliott’s Promise To Help Her Mom Escape Abuse Motivated Her Career

Missy Elliott is currently in the running for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the highly-anticipated announcement coming later this month. Meanwhile, the iconic artist is sharing insights into the origins of her legendary career.

Last Monday (April 23) a fan tweeted that a documentary about the Grammy Award-winning artist would help them better understand “her drive to remain persistent in a male-dominated industry at the time.”

The six-time platinum-selling rapper quote tweeted the message writing, “I seen many strong women in the industry be4 me that made it through. My mom was in [an] abusive relationship, so I told her I would make it so I could get her out of that situation & I would make sure she’d never have to work again; that’s what really kept me going.”

Her stellar career has resulted in four Grammy awards and six platinum albums, as well as her current Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination.

Most recently, Elliott was chosen to be honored at the Black Music Honors 8th annual event. “Black music is the heartbeat of our culture, and the honorees for this year’s Black Music Honors represent the soul of American music,” founder and executive producer Don Jackson said, according to Vibe.

“We pay homage to the musical innovators who have paved the way for future generations. Our tribute performances not only celebrate the honorees of yesterday but also showcase the influence and impact of their iconic sounds and styles on today’s artists with a beautiful symbiosis of past and present.”

Elliott also got her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in November 2021.

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