Melissa Arnette "Missy" Elliott is an American rapper, singer-songwriter, and record producer. Her first major success came as a songwriter with childhood friend and producer Timbaland on projects for Aaliyah, Total, SWV, and 702. As a record producer and songwriter, she has worked with Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Janet Jackson, as well as contemporary artists Keyshia Cole, Ciara, G Dragon, Tamia and Monica. In the late 1990s, Elliott expanded her career as a solo artist and rapper, eventually winning five Grammy Awards and selling over 30 million records in the United States. Elliott is the only female rapper to have six albums certified platinum by the RIAA, including one double platinum for her 2002 album Under Construction. Elliott is also known for a series of hits and diverse music videos, including "The Rain", "Hot Boyz", "Get Ur Freak On", "Work It", and the Grammy award-winning video for "Lose Control."
- Born: July 1, 1971 (age 47), Portsmouth
- Aliases: Elliott, Missy, Melissa Arnette "Missy" Elliott, Melissa Arnette Elliott, Melissa Elliott, Missie Elliot, Missy, Missy "Missdemeanor" Elliott, Missy Elliot
- Height: 5′ 2″ (1.57m)
- Genre: Hip hop music
- Websites: http://www.missy-elliott.com/