If you woke up this morning and felt like there was a shift in the Earth's axis, there could only be one person to blame: Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott. Last night, the legendary artist was honored at the MTV VMAs and received the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for her contributions to music in her multi-decade spanning career, and she took the stage to deliver a seven-minute tour of her greatest hits.
Missy didn't need to prove she's a legend, but her performance reminded the crowd of youngsters why this honor was long overdue. MTV created a sweet video montage of Missy's collaborators Timbaland, Ciara, Justin Timberlake, Lil' Kim and more honoring the icon.
In the nearly seven-minute performance, Missy did five (!) outfit changes. She kicked off the performance dressed in a silver jumpsuit and a matching coat to perform her new single "Throw It Back" and recreated the "snatch they wigs 'til I see scalp" moment from the video, in which her dancers' wigs were literally snatched off their heads—mine, too.
Missy dipped into her archives to pull out "Supa Dupa Fly (The Rain)" and changed into her iconic black inflated suit from the video. The trip down memory lane made pit stops at 1999's "Hot Boyz," 2001's "Get Ur Freak On," before making a full stop in 2002 for "Work It" featuring Missy's only guest, Alyson FREAKING Stoner. Stoner, now 26 years old, rose to fame as the little pig-tailed dancer in Missy's dance crew and the highlight of the "Work It" video. Dressed in a yellow Adidas tracksuit with her named written across the back—a subtle tribute to Missy's love affair with Adidas tracksuits—Stoner performed a solo dance routine on the VMA stage reminiscent of scene-stealing moment in the "Work It" video.
The tour resumed with Missy in a full scarecrow look for "Pass That Dutch" before ending things with "Lose Control," sans Ciara who was actually sitting in the crowd.
“I promised I wouldn’t cry this time,” Elliott said as she accepted the award. “This Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award means so much to me. I have worked diligently for over two decades. I never thought that I would be standing up here receiving this award so it means so much to me. I promise you it don’t go unnoticed the support and love that y’all have shown me over the years.” Missy handed out thank you's to her hometown Portsmouth, Virginia, the dance community, and Aaliyah, who passed away 18 years ago.
It's the morning after and Twitter is still reeling with excitement after Missy's epic performance. See the best Twitter reactions below.
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