Elliott FILE - In this July 7, 2018 file photo, Missy Elliott performs at the 2018 Essence Festival in New Orleans. Elliott, one of rapâ€™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. She is the first female rapper nominated for the prestigious prize and could also become the third rapper to enter the organization following recent inductees Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri. (Photo by Amy Harris/Invision/AP, File)
Thompson Emma Thompson stands outside Buckingham Palace, London, after being made a Dame Commander of the British Empire by Prince William on Wednesday Nov. 7, 2018. (Jonathan Brady/Pool via AP)
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Songwriter Hall names nominees
Missy Elliott – one of rap's greatest voices – has been nominated for the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Other performing nominees are Mariah Carey, Chrissie Hynde, Vince Gill, Mike Love, Jimmy Cliff, Jeff Lynne, Cat Stevens, John Prine, Lloyd Price, Tommy James and the Eurythmics (Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart).
Non-performing nominees are Jack Tempchin, Dean Dillon, Jerry Fuller, Tom T. Hall, Roger Nichols and Dallas Austin.
Nominated non-performing songwriting duos include P.F. Sloan and Steve Barri, Russell Brown and Irwin Levine, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore, Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham, Bobby Hart and Tommy Boyce.
8th Nobel departure
A member of the academy that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature said she is leaving the body, the latest person to quit amid sex abuse and financial crimes scandals at the exclusive group.
Jayne Svenungsson is the eighth person to quit or to be forced off the 18-member board of the Swedish Academy since the scandals broke last year.
Swedish broadcaster SVT reported that Svenungsson, who joined in December, left after “careful consideration.” The broadcaster quoted her as saying she wanted to focus on her full-time job as a university theology professor.
Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson has received one of Britain's highest awards from Prince William – and thought about giving him a kiss at the Buckingham Palace ceremony.
Thompson received a damehood on Wednesday in recognition for her splendid career, an event made special by the fact that it was given to her by William, a longtime friend.
“I love Prince William. I've known him since he was little, and we just sniggered at each other,” she says. “I said, 'I can't kiss you, can I?' And he said, 'No don't'!”
Thompson was named for the female equivalent of a knighthood in the Queen's Birthday Honors List in June.
Among celebrity birthdays today: Actor Norman Lloyd is 104. Singer Bonnie Bramlett is 74. Singer Bonnie Raitt is 69. Former “Entertainment Tonight” host Mary Hart is 68. Former Playboy CEO Christie Hefner is 66. Actress Alfre Woodard is 66. Singer-actor Leif Garrett is 57. TV chef Gordon Ramsay is 52. Actress Courtney Thorne-Smith is 51. Actress Parker Posey is 50. Singer Diana King is 48. Bassist Scott Devendorf is 46. Actress Gretchen Mol is 45. Actor Matthew Rhys is 44. Actress Tara Reid is 43. Singer Bucky Covington is 41. Actress Dania Ramirez is 39. TV personality Jack Osbourne is 33. Singer Lauren Alaina is 24.