There were plenty of entertaining performers, heartfelt thank-you speeches, and screaming fans at the VMAs. But nobody owned the venue more than Missy Elliott.
The trailblazer, who is credited with opening up doors for other female R&B and hip-hop artists, such as Lauryn Hill, Lil’ Kim, and Destiny’s Child, performed a medley of her songs – even bringing back Alyson Stoner, the original dancer in her Work It video – to roaring applause.
She was also in attendance to accept the pop-culture-coveted Vanguard Award. She emphasized how hard work leads to greatness and thanked her fans for staying with her throughout her journey, saying “I have worked diligently for over two decades. And I never thought that I would be standing up here receiving this award. So it means so much to me. I promise you it doesn’t go unnoticed that the support and love that y’all shown me over the years.”
When she’s not busy bringing the house down or increasing her accolades – she received her Doctor of Music degree at Berklee College of Music just this year – she’s promoting her latest EP, “Iconology,” which dropped just last week. So far, the EP has been met with positive reviews, with a rating of 83/100 on Metacritic. While every song is entirely the iconic Missy Elliott, the icing on the cake is an a cappella rendition of one of the tracks, “Why I Still Love You.”
It’s safe to say that two decades later, Missy Elliott isn’t going anywhere – and we don’t think anyone wants her to.