Elliott was the ultimate inductee of Friday night time’s ceremony. Delivering one of many standout speeches of the night, the rapper marveled on the numerous members of music royalty who had been additionally inducted or who had been within the viewers. “I’m nonetheless pinching myself to even be in a room with a few of the inductees. I see Flavor Flav, who’s a legend. I really like you, at all times been supportive. Elton John, legendary. Sheryl Crow, Chaka Khan, Willie Nelson.”
“All of those folks have impacted folks world wide by their music,” she continued. “Sometimes I’m like, do folks actually notice, like by music, what music does with folks? That’s the one factor I believe we will all say that comes collectively is music. You know, all of us love music in some kind, and all of these individuals who have already been up on the stage… I used to be simply listening to different folks’s tales and being like, wow, they’ve been round all of those years and simply getting inducted who I really feel been worthy to be up right here. And that’s why I’m nonetheless in shock as a result of they’ve so a few years on me.”
Elliott proceeded to namecheck some fellow feminine hip-hop artists who’re equally worthy of enshrinement. “I’ve to say Pepa who’s right here from Salt and Pepa. Her and Queen Latifah, [MC] Lyte, Roxane Shante, so many. Monie [Love], all these ones earlier than me gave me their shoulders to face on. So I simply wanna take the time. My folks say, ‘Hey, go up there, and you realize, folks wanna hear from you, how you are feeling.’ But these are the individuals who impressed me. And if it wasn’t for them and their music, I most likely wouldn’t be standing right here.”
“I’ve to thank my mom who’s right here. My mom has by no means seen me carry out in my entire total profession. But lemme inform you – it’s not my mom fault. I most positively didn’t wanna be saying ‘She’s a bitch,” ‘No minute man,’ ‘Please don’t fail me now,’ all of those information. I by no means needed my mom to come back to a present to listen to me curse, ’trigger you realize, she’s from the church. But this night time is so essential and I wouldn’t have it no different approach. Mommy, I thanks for permitting me to write down songs in your partitions.”
Finally, Elliott paid tribute to her longtime good friend and producer, Timbaland. “We began this in highschool. I’m happy with you. I see you, you might be legendary,” she proclaimed.
To shut the night, Elliott carried out a medley of her biggest hits together with “Get Ur Freak On,” “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly),” “Work It,” “Pass That Dutch” and “Lose Control.”
The 2023 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class additionally consists of Kate Bush, Willie Nelson, Rage Against the Machine, Sheryl Crow, George Michael, DJ Kool Herc, and The Spinners.
— Rock Hall (@rockhall) November 4, 2023