Lizzo collaborated with Missy Elliot on her 2019 single “Tempo,”. This was already a dream come true as the singer grew up listening Missy Elliot and idolizing her. Fortunately for Lizzo, she was given the opportunity to honor her hero.
A Joyful Lizzo got quite emotional celebrating the musician who inspired her to be the superstar she is today. On November 8, Hip-Hop icon Missy Elliott received her much-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame.
Calling Missy Elliott influential is an understatement. Missy’s work is testament to fact that she is an Icon. In addition to winning four Grammys and selling over 30 million records in the U.S. alone, she also is the best-selling rapper in Nielsen Music history.
As Lizzo mentioned in her speech, Missy Elliott has been a shining light to Black Girls. Missy Elliott walked so Nicki and Lizzo could run. “You live so boldly and so beautifully and so unapologetically and so out loud. You have no idea what you have done for so many Black girls.” Missy’s visionary work continues to permeate the music of today.
“You are the brightest star in the universe, Missy. I’ve watched you my entire life. And I saw a superstar in you, but I’ve also seen myself. I’d never seen myself and you lived so boldly and so beautifully and so unapologetically and so out loud. You have no idea what you have done for so many Black girls. We don’t deserve you. We don’t deserve Missy Elliott and still, you continue to give to us, and given with your heart, your genius …
I want to thank you so much for helping me and my career … thank you for making my dreams come true, Missy. You have no idea what you mean to all of us. We love you, we celebrate you, god bless you. This is more than deserved and let us continue to celebrate all of your accomplishments and all of your influence forever.””
Missy Elliott is a rapper, singer, producer, and songwriter who didn’t just make her own hits but also actively collaborated with top artists of her time– Janet Jackson, Aaliyah, Whitney Houston… And continues to work with artists even today like Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, Future, Teyana Taylor, City Girls and Dua Lipa.
Missy has stayed consistent in her celebration of Black art and talent throughout her career. Her album Iconology is homage to Black women and old-school hip-hop. We Stan a Queen.