July 1, 1971 (51)
Missy Elliott is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and producer from Portsmouth, Virginia who has established herself as one of the most influential figures in hip-hop and popular music of the last two decades.
Missy Elliott started her career as a part of a girl group, Sista, which released an album in 1995. After the group disbanded, Missy began working with Timbaland, a prolific producer, and the two developed a unique sound that defined the late ’90s. She released her debut solo album Supa Dupa Fly in 1997 and it was met with critical acclaim, becoming a platinum-selling album and launching her into stardom.
Since then, Missy Elliott has released a total of five studio albums, with her most recent being Iconology in 2019. She has also collaborated with numerous artists including Ludacris, Justin Timberlake, Ciara, Jay-Z, Pharrell Williams, and Janet Jackson. She has won four Grammy Awards, including Best Rap Album for her 2005 album The Cookbook.
Missy Elliott has also become a fashion icon, with her memorable outfits and videos. She has been featured in campaigns for MAC Cosmetics, Nike, and Beats by Dre. She has also been a mentor to younger artists such as Lizzo, and has made appearances on Empire and Lip Sync Battle.