You won’t believe who showed up at the MTV VMA show with Missy Elliot last night. No, it wasn’t that older white lady who went on Ellen to rap “Work It” with her, though that would have been a good show, too.
It was Alyson Stoner, Disney star and original dancing girl in the “Work It” video from 2003. Stoner donned a bright yellow tracksuit to take the stage and cut an impressive figure on the stage.
This is Elliot’s first performance at a VMA show since 2006, and her comeback is looking fabulous.
Alyson Stoner, now 26, is best known for her roles in Cheaper By the Dozen, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, and doing work for several of the Step Up movies over the years. But she also starred in several of Missy Elliot’s music videos when she was young.
She was featured in “I’m Really Hot”, “Work It”, and “Gossip Folks”. In the “Work It” video, stoner was the chubby-cheeked, pigtail wearing little girl who could seriously dance. It’s only fitting that she comes back on stage for Missy’s return to greatness.
Stoner performed some of the signature dance moves that she did 17 years ago. Other stars joined the stage towards the end of the performance, including Lizzo (Who Elliot did a collab with for Lizzo’s new album), Justin Timberlake, and Cardi B.
Elliot performed on stage before accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, making her the first female rapper to ever have that privilege.
The award celebrates artists who have made major accomplishments in both music and film, or video directors who have done exceptional work throughout their careers.
Previous winners include David Bowie, The Beatles, Bon Jovi, Tom Petty, The Beastie Boys, U2, Beyoncé, Rihanna, and more.
In an era where music stars are getting younger and younger, it’s refreshing to see Missy Elliot on stage. This 48-year-old rapper isn’t going to be eligible for AARP or cruises for seniors anytime soon, but rapping isn’t for the faint-hearted. By this point, many stars that have reached her fame and greatness would be content with their success and ride it out.
This was a good year for Elliot, too – this summer, she became the first female hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.
On August 23rd, Missy released her EP Iconology, the first material she has released since The Cookbook in 2005. The EP only has five songs, but she has already released a music video for the first, “Throw It Back”.
Over the past 14 years, Missy has rapped on other’s tracks, including dropping rhymes on the song Niliria by K-Pop superstar G-Dragon in 2013 and stepping on stage with Katy Perry in 2015 for her Superbowl show. But this is the first major release in a long time.
This rap superstar has previously cited her struggle with Graves’ disease as the main reason that she took a big step back from making music, though Pharrell Williams said in an interview last year that she was a “perfectionist”, so she often ends up not releasing work she has recorded.
It may have been 14 years since we saw a true Missy comeback, but after the VMA’s, there’s no question about it: Missy Elliot is back.