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Essence has chosen visionary icon Missy Elliott as its 2018 Black Women In Music honoree, the magazine announced Thursday.

The rapper, singer, songwriter, producer and dancer joins previous recipients Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Mary J. Blige, Kelly Rowland, Andra Day, Emeli Sandé and Sylvia Rhone.

“The artistry of Missy Elliott cuts across generations—underscored by her vast creative accomplishments and contributions to the culture,” said Vanessa De Luca, Essence Editor-in-Chief. “So prolific is her work, she is an inspiration to women all over the world. Missy’s energetic presence is truly magnetic and we can’t wait to celebrate her as one of the artistic masterminds of our time.”

Established in 2010, Essence ‘Black Women in Music’ recognizes the accomplishments of both emerging and established artists and influencers during Grammy week.

This year’s event will take place on January 25 at New York City’s Highline Ballroom, just ahead of the 60th Annual Grammy Awards.

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