For Missy Elliott, being a good friend and listener turned into songwriting gold.

FILE - In this June 28, 2005 file photo shows Missy Elliott performing at the 5th annual BET Awards in Los Angeles. Elliott, one of rap’s greatest voices and also a songwriter and producer who has crafted songs for Beyonce and Whitney Houston, is one of the nominees for the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)
FILE – In this June 28, 2005 file photo shows Missy Elliott performing at the 5th annual BET Awards in Los Angeles. Elliott, one of rap’s greatest voices and also a songwriter and producer who has crafted songs for Beyonce and Whitney Houston, is one of the nominees for the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello, File)

Conversations with her girlfriends fueled a great deal of her songwriting, Elliott said, resulting in her turning those stories into smash hits, from Monica’s “So Gone,” a No. 1 R&B success to Fantasia’s “Free Yourself.”

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2002 file photo, Missy Elliott holds the Grammys she won for best rap solo performance and best pop collaboration with vocals at the 44th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Elliott, one of rap’s greatest voices and also a songwriter and producer who has crafted songs for Beyonce and Whitney Houston, is one of the nominees for the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
FILE – In this Feb. 27, 2002 file photo, Missy Elliott holds the Grammys she won for best rap solo performance and best pop collaboration with vocals at the 44th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Elliott, one of rap’s greatest voices and also a songwriter and producer who has crafted songs for Beyonce and Whitney Houston, is one of the nominees for the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2006 file photo, Missy Elliott blows a bubble as she poses with the award she won for best short form music video for
FILE – In this Feb. 8, 2006 file photo, Missy Elliott blows a bubble as she poses with the award she won for best short form music video for “Lose Control” the 48th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. Elliott, one of rap’s greatest voices and also a songwriter and producer who has crafted songs for Beyonce and Whitney Houston, is one of the nominees for the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

Elliott could probably write a song about anything. Her wild, eccentric style and creative lyricism make her one of music’s best storytellers and recently earned her a nomination for the prestigious 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame class. She could be the first female rapper to enter the organization and the third rapper overall after Jay-Z and Jermaine Durpi.

FILE - In this March 20, 2002 file photo, musician Missy Elliott accepts The Michael Jackson Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video for
FILE – In this March 20, 2002 file photo, musician Missy Elliott accepts The Michael Jackson Award for Best R&B/Soul or Rap Music Video for “Get Ur Freak On,” at the 16th Annual Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles. Elliott, one of rap’s greatest voices and also a songwriter and producer who has crafted songs for Beyonce and Whitney Houston, is one of the nominees for the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Lucy Nicholson, File)
FILE - In this Saturday, July 3, 2010 file photo, Missy Elliot performs onstage at the Wireless Festival in Hyde Park, London. Elliott, one of rap’s greatest voices and also a songwriter and producer who has crafted songs for Beyonce and Whitney Houston, is one of the nominees for the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)
FILE – In this Saturday, July 3, 2010 file photo, Missy Elliot performs onstage at the Wireless Festival in Hyde Park, London. Elliott, one of rap’s greatest voices and also a songwriter and producer who has crafted songs for Beyonce and Whitney Houston, is one of the nominees for the 2019 Songwriters Hall of Fame. (AP Photo/Joel Ryan, File)

Says Elliott: “I feel so humbled and truly blessed to be even nominated.”

Source: The Associated Press