Recording Academy Deems Missy Elliott A Hero

Rapper/producer to receive special recognition at dinner ceremony later this month.

Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott's efforts to give back to her community will land her onstage with a couple of congressmen later this month when the rapper/producer is saluted at the Recording Academy's annual Heroes Awards.

The Virginia native will be honored along with Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, and Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Michigan, at the dinner ceremony, to be held March 21 in Washington, D.C. Hatch and Conyers have been active in passing music copyright legislation.

The event, which is presented by the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Recording Academy, honors individuals and institutions in the Washington region that have "improved the environment for the creative community," according to an academy statement.

Elliott, who has written and produced songs for Christina Aguilera, Mariah Carey and Lil' Kim, works with such organizations as Break the Cycle, a nonprofit that seeks to end domestic violence via youth intervention, and the academy's own Grammy in the Schools program.

The Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Washington's performing arts high school, will also receive a Heroes Award.

A silent auction, featuring rare music memorabilia, will be held prior to the dinner. Proceeds will go to the academy's education events in the local music community as well as MusiCares, a charity the academy established to provide financial assistance and addiction recovery programs to people in the music industry.