For seven minutes Monday night, Missy Elliott owned the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards.
Elliott, the rapper-singer-songwriter-producer-dancer whose music videos have moved the needle over the last two decades, was honored with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
But before she accepted it, Elliott took center stage, along with her dancers, to take us on a journey. In less than seven minutes, she ran through a medley of her hits that included “ThrowItBack,” “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly),” “Get Ur Freak On,” “Work It,” “Pass That Dutch,” and “Lose Control.”
And the audience at the Prudential Center in Newark (and at home) was there for it.
She even sported the inflated trash bag she wore with confidence and charisma in the video for "The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)" in 1997.
And if you missed it, Alyson Stoner also joined her on stage to recreate her "Work It" dance 17 years later.
"I've worked diligently for over two decades and I never thought I would be standing up here receiving this award," Elliott said
The 48-year-old game-changer dedicated her award to the dance community and said her music video inspirations included Janet Jackson, Madonna, Peter Gabriel and Busta Rhymes.
She also honored the late R&B icon Aaliyah, with whom she was close and collaborated. The 18th anniversary of Aaliyah's death was Sunday.
"Aaliyah, I love you. We miss you," Elliott said in her acceptance speech.