Missy Elliott Remembers in VMAs Vanguard Award Speech: Watch

Congratulations to Missy Elliott!

Last night, the rap legend received the Michael Jackson video vanguard award, and in her speech she spoke about her journey, Aaliyah, and those who contributed to her success.

“This Michael Jackson video vanguard award means so much to me,” said the four-time Grammy-Award winner. “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.”

Elliott also credited past music video icons such as Janet Jackson and Busta Rhymes for their inspiration, before paying homage to her past collaborator, Aaliyah, who tragically passed away in 2001. “Aaliyah, I love you. We miss you,” she said.

She then dedicated her award to the dance community for their commitment and tireless work ethic. “When y’all get onstage with these artists, ‘y’all are not just props,” she opined. “Y’all are the icing on the cake. Y’all are the beat to the heart.”

Watch Elliott’s award speech below.

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