It’s Missy Elliott’s world and we’re just living in it! The rap icon rocked multiple looks at the MTV VMAs, including a scarecrow costume, during her performance of some of her best hits!
Missy Elliot just won the MTV Video Music Awards! The rapper, 48, put on a performance to remember at the annual show, which took place in Newark, NJ on August 26. Missy opened the show in an all white ensemble. She performed her popular throwback tracks including “Throw it Back”, “The Rain”, “Hot Boyz”, “Get Your Freak On”, followed by “Work It”, “Pass That Dutch” and “Lose Control”.
The hip-hop legend brought her hits to life by recreating outfits and sets from past music videos. She rocked camouflage, oversized jackets, jewels and more. Missy even brought back Alyson Stoner — the then-little girl from her “Work It” music video), to dance solo. Alyson, now 26, proved nothing’s changed after all these years. She’s still performing mind-blowing moves.
After her electric performance, Cardi B took the stage to present Missy with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, which recognizes her work in both music and film. Past participants of the award include, Madonna, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Kanye, Justin Timberlake, and Britney Spears. Cardi had high and hilarious praise for Missy, who she said she even copied as a younger artist.
“I promised I wouldn’t cry, because I cry every awards,” Missy said when she took the stage to accept the coveted award. “This award means so much to me,” she continued, explaining, “I have worked diligently for over two decades and I never thought that I would be standing up here receiving this award, and it means so much to me. It doesn’t go unnoticed that the support and love y’all have shown me over the years. I always gotta start off by thanking god because with out him I would not be standing before y’all. I ain’t tryna change nobody but I know the God that got me here… Missy went on to thank her mother, her hometown of Virginia, along with her team and more stars including Mona Scott, Janet Jackson, Busta Rhymes, Madonna.
Missy concluded with, “I want to dedicate this award to the dance community all around the world because when y’all get o the stage with these artist y’all are not just props. y’all are the icing on the cake, the beats to the heart.” Missy has been nominated for a total of 41 VMAs throughout her iconic career, having won seven.
Missy, who dropped a surprise album on Friday, August 23, later took the stage for a second memorable performance. The 2019 VMAs closed with an epic tribute to the Garden State by Missy, alongside a slew of artists, all of whom are New Jersey natives — Queen Latifah, Naughty by Nature, Redman, Fetty Wap and Wyclef Jean. Tonight’s VMAs finale marks Missy’s first performance at the VMAs since 2006.