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Missy Elliott promised not to cry when she accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award for lifetime achievement during the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards on Monday in New York City. Missy, 48, also performed at the awards show.

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Missy Elliott received an exclusive bottle of L'Essence de Courvoisier® – an extremely old and rare eaux de vie, dating from the last two centuries ($3,000 per bottle) during her MTV Video Music Awards after party on Monday in New York City.

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Before accepting her award, Missy entertained the audience with a spectacular five minute extravanganza, which ended with rapper Cardi B presenting Missy with the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Cardi called Missy's performance "fire".

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The "Bodak Yellow" star, pictured right with Queen Latifah, left, and Missy at the afterparty, said, "I'm so excited to be here celebrating the living legend. Her album was the first one I ever bought and I finally got to meet her at a Grammys party right after "Bodak Yellow" came out. Nobody deserves to be in the Video Vanguard more than Missy. She changed the music video art form completely with her style, humor and unforgettable creativity... Everybody has copied from Missy Elliott - even me! I don't care... So what."

There were also video tributes to Missy from Timbaland, Justin Timberlake, and Lil Kim, while newcomer Lizzo and part-time singer Ciara fought back tears as they explained how much Missy meant to them.

Accepting her award, the "Work It" rapper said, "I have worked diligently for over two decades and I never thought I would be standing up here receiving this award. It means so much to me."

She also name dropped Janet Jackson, thanking her for "being such a great friend", and rapper Busta Rhymes, calling him "an inspiration to me", as well as singers Peter Gabriel and Madonna. Missy ended her acceptance speech with a dedication to her late friend Aaliyah, who would've turned 40 in January, stating, "I love you. We miss you!"

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Missy gained some of her weight back.
    Yah!!

  • Myopinion

    Go Missy!!!

  • KarmaBackAround

    Listennnn...i still got goose bumps from her performance.. lace fronts turned into bald heads, folk was flyin up into the UFO ANDDD the little ponytail girl from WORK IT video is grown now and she KILLED her solo.. this was a hell of a performance!!! Go awwwfffff Missie!!!

  • Jai

    Missy seems happy and living her best life, good for her! It was nice performance still would've been nice to see Janet, Ciara, Tweet or Lil Kim join her on stage to perform but it was still alot of energy and reminiscing. Alyson Stone, I think that is her name for work it video can still dance her ass off and showed all those pop girls twerking is fun but its alot more to being a dancer than just that! That UFO was dope! Visually impressive performance. Its Missy Elliott mother of hit songs, shes made hit songs for soooo many people why didn't they hit the stage for her or atleast with her? Hell, even if I was one of them and Missy told me she don't want me to sing or rap I'll dance in the background, introduce her performance as group or hand her award as group.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Congratulations

  • hottlanta

    Love me some missy. She is the business

  • Kimocha

    I love me some Missy and she killed it!
    "She got a cute face
    Chubby waist
    Thick legs in shape
    Rump shaking both ways
    Make you do a double take
    Plan rocker show stopper
    Flow fropper head knocker
    Beat staller tail dropper..."
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  • http://realitytea.com Lady Chatterly’s Lover

    Congrats Missy.
    I thought she lost weight for health reasons.

  • The REAL Cheese eggs

    "She gained back her weight"....well hel l who hasn't?. Great performance

  • Kanyade

    Deserved. Give her all the flowers.

  • Facts and Receipts

    So nobody else was available to give her that award? Where was Tim? Where was Ciara? Nobody from that entire era.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Congrats, to her she deserved it.

  • WhoKnew

    "Ra-ta-ta-ta, ta-ta-ta-ta-ta. Blah-blah-blah."

    Werk it, Missy! Congrats!

  • Blaque Mahogany

    When Cardi walked out after Missy performed...yuck. Her body looks gross. The cellulite/silicone lumps in the back of her legs/upper legs near her butt and her butt. Shyt looks disgusting. But she claims to have the perfect body. Where bish?

  • Facts and Receipts

    Missy has Graves disease too I think. Main treatment is prednisone. One of anyways. Her weight gonna stay up and down

  • WhoKnew

    She thinks it in her delusional head.

  • T Willis

    I didn’t like that Cardi gave the intro and it was mad disrespectful that they were chanting Cardi when it was Missy’s moment. Annnnd I hated that they spent more time flashing to the rhythmless yt ppl dancing lol than the dope backup black girl dancers. ?????

    Oh, and is Ciara pregnant lol? Swear every interview lately ends with her crying wtf?

  • Coy little wink

    Graves disease is a thyroid condition that disrupts your metabolism

  • iWasteTime

    Someone is going to have to explain How and WHY Cardi gave her the award. I know Ciara ass was there, Monica was there too. If Tim, or Pharrell weren't available they were. Tweet ain't booked.
    Shit the dancer, who grew up to be a beautiful woman, could have gave it to her.

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    Congrats Missy! 10 years overdue! WhenEVA a Missy song came on in the early 2000’s, I would dance till I sweat! Missy and Timberland go together like peanut butter and jelly

  • Facts and Receipts

    Waiiiit. Ciara was THERE? I ain't know THAT. Yes. Or Mo. Or Alyson.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Atlantic is going to make sure Cardi is a part of everything.

  • Facts and Receipts

    Oh wait. I see. Missy on Atlantic now. She shole said that. STILL

  • KcoolMuziq

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    It's a travesty that MTV only gave Missy SEVEN MINUTES to perform this year after YEARS of purposely overlooking her for The MJ Vanguard award. Only after people criticized them for not recognizing her after her GROUNDBREAKING videos for ALL those years that they decided to honor her. But then they give someone 15 MINUTES to perform last year. SMH

  • Pamela

    Her confidence level is admirable, I'll give her that.

  • Facts and Receipts

    They all should perform same amount of time. Across board. It's fair. Not to take nothing away from any past recipients including Jennifer. Whom I don't know bc Mimi doesn't know her either.

  • iWasteTime

    Damn I thought she was. She was on a IG post looking the BEST out of all of em. Cute and simple. I assumed it was from last night.

  • Facts and Receipts

    Probably was. Now I'm confused. Blaque kinda explained it but not good enough reason overall

  • loveyourself44

    congrats Missy

  • Angelique Johnson

    i like queen latifah but that is not a good pic of her. Missy still got it going on. I am so proud of her.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Ciara's picture was from BET'S "Black Girls Rock" taping a few days ago. Ciara didn't attend the VMA's last night.

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    "I like to gt to know ya/so I can show ya"...Work it is definitely one of my fave Missy songs...too many to count...

  • SingleGalCrazyWorld

    Thank You!!!

  • hi-liter

    Megan the ? won an award for a video that aint em out yet...?????....I guess since she up next, they pushing her on out there.

  • Sushi

    Congrats Missy.. But why is queen throwing them devil horns....Why ask questions when you already know the answer....Damn....

  • WhoKnew

    Oh, and is Ciara pregnant lol? Swear every interview lately ends with her crying wtf?
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    She's either preggo or Russell finna leave her or is cheating on her. I memba she did a TV interview and started bawling like a baby when the interviewer asked her to describe her wedding dress. She sat there and lied like nothing was wrong knowing they had already broken their engagement. About 3 days later she announced that she and phuc boy, I mean slimy dna worm, oh damn I mean Fu Cha had ended their engagement. She dodged hella hella bullets with that MoFo.

  • hi-liter

    When Cardi was walking out with that award for Missy, I thought her azz was gonna slid down her legs.

  • Carrington

    Sandra Mae - can you do a post (with the video) of television news reporter Alex Housden telling her black co-anchor after a zoo segment about a gorilla, "He kinda looks like you..." - I'd love to see the mess that's sure to come through the comment section...

  • WhoKnew

    Mine too. I just wish I knew what the hell she was saying when she starts spitting that gibberish. Have not been able to find any lyrics to "Work It" that has that gibberish in it.

  • WhoKnew

    That ain't confidence. That's that narc narc. That shyt will have you out chere really believing you "the ish" and really can fly.

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    I remember when Missy performed with Katy Perry and the youngins were saying that Katy was going to make Missy blow up lmao These youngins chile smdh Congrats Missy Under Construction is still my shyt!!! *hits Pussy Cat on playlist* Missy has some hits!!!

  • Bree

    Congrats to Missy! She deserves it! It was good to see Cardi paying tribute to Missy in her speech.

    Gotta love Dana Owens!

  • Mz_Opinionated

    Missy is cute! Don't like the outfit...and why is Cardi holding her breast! LOL! I ? Queen Latifah...

  • sjames

    the best part about Cardi's speech (aside from the fact that she made the Teleprompter read waaaaay more fun than just monotonous regurgitation) was when the crowd was chanting her name and she kindly redirected them BACK to Missy THE MISDEMEANOR Elliott

  • sjames

    i hope its due to the fact that Missy has graves disease and possibly cannot physically perform for a prolonged period of time

  • sjames

    i'm pretty sure ciara was still out in LA due to the black girls rock event (if i'm not mistaken). it was nice having a new girl show mad respect and pay homage to her tho, for all the Cardi fans and fans of new kids to see their favs show humility to the ones who paved the way

  • http://realitytea.com Lady Chatterly’s Lover

    Thanks. I know what it is to have medical conditions control your weight and life.

  • Rere

    Sorry but her hair, a damn mess!

    **she's gained some of that weight back too

  • sjames

    Cardi redirected them back to Missy in a classy way

  • bb1812

    All Ciara dodged was an impending F/future divorce. She's connected to him for life thru their child.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    Cassie and Diddy's former trainer are engaged.

    Rumor is, Future has a baby 9 and possibly baby 10 on the way.

  • B.Loveitt

    She killed it...

  • KcoolMuziq

    Missy just performed for over an hour at this years Essence Fest. So she is well capable of doing it.

  • hottlanta

    Wow missy got a well deserved award n eddie murphy doing dolemite. Its a good year. ??????

  • IyanlaVanzantoftheInterWebs

    “Not to take anything away from past recipients including Jennifer... Whom I don’t know bc Mimi doesnt know her either.”

    Chile... https://media2.giphy.com/media/5p2wQFyu8GsFO/giphy.gif

  • sjames

    not about capability. graves disease can zap your energy and endurance, causes shortness of breath and muscle fatigue at any time. not sure if you saw the video to Throw It Back but she was barely moving in there and we KNOW she can dance. she may have pushed it at Essence Fest and needed to slow it down for the VMAs

  • WhoKnew

    True dat. They definitely would have divorced by now.

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    Wait baby 7 or 8 just popped up in Florida. Pour the tea chile

  • Bree

    Who was 7 and 8?! Catch me up on this. Unless, those numbers belong to that IG Reign chick and Joie Chavis. I could be wrong

  • Bree

    Love it! Cardi ain't crazy enough to steal someone else's shine like that, at least I would hope not. There isn't anyone else I think that should have been up there other than Cardi.

  • rockstar2142

    I read on tmz joie was number six so this makes her number 7.

  • rockstar2142

    The real queen of hip hop right here!!!

  • hi-liter

    The jar of mayo has since given a tearful apology......

  • Blaque Mahogany

    7 is Reign. 8 is some girl named Cindy Renae. Reign actually outed her yesterday .

  • T Willis

    Yeah she wasn’t moving like she did at the Super-bowl. I figured it was probably the illness.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    7 is the girl in Miami named Reign. #7 outed #8 yesterday. #8 is named Cindy Renae...or at least that's her IG name.

  • KcoolMuziq
  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Cardi.... Please step outta the pic hon. MOVE ON BACK OVER TO STRIPPER HOOD RAT LATINO KEEPIN REAL NASTYNASTY WHOREVILLE!!

  • SugarFoot a.k.a Ty

    smdh that's crazy. There was a football player that was doing the same thing but he had (2) 4 year olds, (3) 6 year old, and (2) toddlers under one. All in different states :(

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Missy won't be able to drink that DRANK...her illness went her...#LOVEMISSY

  • Renee26

    Congrats Missy... I hope the weight gain implies that she's doing better health wise.

  • Renee26

    Yuck... Poor pussey management IMO fame doesn't trump health.

  • Renee26

    These passive aggressive yt bishes irk my nerves!!

  • TheWildChild

    ? always down for Missy ? Congrats to her. Just listened to her few tracks released on Spotify and I'm like "meh" not much my vibe.

  • Renee26

    IKR ?

  • Renee26

    Yeah she's pretending cause if her confidence was high she wouldn't have had all that surgery and surely wouldn't be responding to every dig strangers take at her.

  • felicia

    Missy's performance was fire, she's from my generation where we appreciated good music, beats hot, no mumble rapping , music that makes you want to move ! Almost 50 and she still got it, yessssss sis !

  • Pamela

    ???

  • Bree

    Why is Reign running her trap!? She needs to know her place. These birds be killin' me.

  • Bree

    I guess Future ain't wrap it up no time soon. He must be clean because these chicks are getting babies, not AIDS.

  • the guest

    Missy is a true LEGEND.

    Her performance was BROADWAY CALIBER.

    If Lin Manuel can bring hip hop to Broadway, MISSY CAN.

    I can see Missy absolutely winning a TONY AWARD.

  • the guest

    Cardi lost too much weight. Lost her breasts too they can't hold up her dress no more.

  • Alextra Ballard

    MissyMisdemeamorElliot is a true GOAT....a legend if yew ask me....2020 is five months away but I see the Fvckery still continues...I still can’t believe they only allowed Missy 7minits when Jho got 15...are yew fvcken kiddin me?.....how did jho get her Vanguard award b4 Missy? Missy’s performance was phenomenal in spite of the time allotted. Watching her perform some of her hits from byke in the day,just further proves how trashy some of today’s musik is.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Cardi also let the dancers shine by standing out of the way.

  • LoveChild

    I love Missy. The one and only the originator??????????

  • Wreckognize Game

    ? industry merry go round. You are correct but really mad about this. I’d never expect you to say this because you like everybody.

  • Kylla Williams

    missy requested her to present it.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Did you happen to catch Meg the Stallion’s performance during the last commercial break on Love and Hip Hop? Her body is sickening in a good way??

  • Kylla Williams

    missy requested cardi

  • TheOwley

    This woman has the absolute best stage presence. She needs to come back and teach the young uns as to how it's done. She killed it. Hailed to the real queen. Lizzo was a pleasant surprise.

  • TheOwley

    These days these young folks don't know who Madonna is and many other artists from the near past. Missy has been away for too long, but health comes first. Watch the cheap imitators spring up.

  • MSGREENMINUSTHEENVY

    MIssy is music Iconicness(I know it's not a word) I just can't explain her greatness and she transcends across many generations! She is magical!! You deserve this and your are blessed! LOVE YOU MISSY

  • TheOwley

    After her extraordinary performance they will beg her to come back next year and give her all the time she wants. The woman was on fire last night. I never seen anything like it. She is truly a creative giant.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I didn't see the performance. But, Meg is always half naked so I have seen her body on multiple occasions. I agree. Her body looks great and she's natural!

  • rockstar2142

    Hater

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Just now seeing this comment. Next time @ me, like this @SandraRose.