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It's Been Long Overdue, But Missy Elliott Is FINALLY Getting Her Props & We Stan!

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MTV is giving Missy Elliott her flowers while she's still here. So, we're strolling down memory lane to celebrate her most iconic videos. Also, the network is setting up a pop up interactive museum ahead of her receiving the Michael Jackson MTV Video Vanguard Award at this year's VMA's. More inside...

Earlier this week, MTV announced that the musical legend will receive their prestigious Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the Video Music Awards on August 26th.

 

 

There will also be performances by ASAP Ferg, Big Sean, H.E.R., Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Megan Thee Stallion, and Normani.

This honor is long overdue, but to celebrate before the big night, we recapped some of Missy’s best music video moments.

"The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" - We’re sure that when you think of Missy, this is the first video that comes to mind. One of the most impactful, legendary and innovative music videos ever, Missy showed us right away that she was on another planet creatively and that the rest of us peasants should not try and keep up. From the iconic black, oversized jumpsuit, to the cameos from everyone from Puff to Lil Kim to Total, everything about this video is pure perfection.

"Get Ur Freak On" - Holllla! This is exactly what folks around the world did when Missy dropped this video. In the early 2000’s at a time where music started to transition, Missy continued to stand out. In this video, she gave us swamp realness with futuristic looks and choreography. Fun fact: This video was filmed in an old bakery in Glendale, California.

"Sock it To Me" - While many of us were too young to be listening to the lyrics of this song, the video nonetheless was nothing short than amazing. Directed by Hype Williams, we find Missy, Lil Kim and Da Brat all dressed up as space invaders on a remote planet. “Sock It To Me” displayed Missy’s creativity and innovation once again. Ugh, her mind.

"Pass that Dutch" - We all recognize Missy as a magnificent writer, producer, and rapper but let’s not forget our good sis dances down! In “Pass That Dutch," Missy quickly reminded us that she can hang with the best of them in the dance category.

"Beep Me 911" - Only the real ones knows about this one! Missy takes us into her version of Barbie world filled with beautiful black women (dolls), while singing and trying to get answers from her dirtball boyfriend. Even Timbaland and Magoo (youngins, go Google Magoo) joined in on the fun as Ken dolls. This one can be marked as one of the underrated, yet very significant moments for Missy.

"Lose Control" - Missy nabbed hype man Fat Man Scoop and fellow dancing diva Ciara for this classic. If you were a part of dance group, you had a routine to Lose Control.

"Work It" - Show us someone who’s never attempted the choreo from this video and we’ll show you a liar. In a visual ode to old school hip hop, Missy and her bad a** break dancing buddies did what needed to be done. Missy is so good at what she does, that many didn’t realize “Work It” is really about sexy time with bae, because everyone was focused on how amazing the video was.

"She’s A B*tch" - Another Missy and Hype Williams collab, “She’s A B*tch” let the world know Missy was not for play play! This video was more than great choreo and Missy wearing a bald cap.  This was a statement to the industry (and the world) that women can stand in solidarity and that we can lead and are not confined by society’s standards. In 2017, Missy brought back her iconic look at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors: The 90’s Game Changers Awards. We stan a feminist icon.

"WTF (Where They From)" - Released in 2015, Missy had to remind us that she’s still twenty years ahead of whatever else your faves are doing. “WTF” highlights a mashup of Japanese pop culture and hip hop. There’s a cameo from Beyonce dancers, Les Twins, and we even see marionette versions of Missy and Pharrell Williams.

"Not Tonight (Ladies Night)" - Back when unity in female rap was a thing, Missy along with Lil Kim, Left Eye, Angie Martinez and Da Brat gave the world a feel good anthem that ladies all over the world could relate to. With cameos from SWV, Queen Latifah and Mary J.Blige this star studded video is a fan fave. While the song is technically Kim’s track, Missy on the hook was like your favorite ice cream on a summer’s day.

Musical genius indeed.

By the way, MTV is celebrating all things Missy Elliott!  Following news that the multi-talented icon would be receiving the Michael Jackson MTV Video Vanguard Award at this year's VMAs, MTV will be hosting an interactive pop-up museum.

MTV has teamed up with Pepsi for an interactive social media experience which will highlight all of the genius work Missy has contributed to the music industry over the years. It'll also spotlight several of the creative visionaries that worked with her behind-the-scenes to create some of her most legendary music videos, including costume designer June Ambrose, directors Hype Williams & Dave Myers, choreographer HitHat and more.

Fans will get to place themselves inside the music video for “The Rain” while donning the iconic garbage bag onesie; take photos within installations from “Gossip Folks,” “Lose Control” and “Sock It 2 Me,"; chill in the “Supa Dupa Fly Lounge,” inspired by one of Elliott’s iconic looks; visit a nail bar where artists will help guests select customized nail art; and sit at one of the “Missy” branded director chairs where they’ll receive the star treatment and take glam mirror selfies.

 

 

The museum experience will take place at 632 Broadway in New York City on Saturday, August 24th (11am - 7pm) and Sunday, August 25th (11am - 6pm). However, the tickets are already sold out!

Oh and get this...

 

 

 

She's set to drop some new music. Woot!

We can’t wait to see Missy accept her award at the VMA’s. She is an innovator in every sense of the word and while this honor took long enough, we’re happy Ms. Elliott is finally receiving her things!

 

Photo: Getty Images

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