Missy Elliott and Her Viral Superfan Met and It Was Glorious

Sergio Cunningham
September 14, 2018

During Thursday's episode of the daytime talk show, Missy joined Mary Halsey onstage for a surprise performance of "Work It".

So when Rhode Island resident Mary Halsey flawlessly performed it in a video that went viral over the summer - and Missy Elliott herself saw the impressive cover rendition - Elliott was quick to laud her "funky white sister", sharing the video on Twitter along with her fervent praise. Upon finishing, the two, along with host Ellen DeGeneres, warmly hugged it out. She revealed that she learned "Work It" in 2003 to compete in a karaoke competition then, and soon it became her go-to song. "I put it out there and said, 'You want to go viral?' But I never thought it would happen".

Last month, Missy reacted to a video of her "Funky White Sister" performing her own version of "Work It", complete with sound effects and everything.

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Missy Elliott's "Work It" is not a song for the faint of heart: the early-2000s classic rap track has some seriously tongue-twisting lines. She freaked out, but quickly regained her composure and they finished the song together before embracing.

Elliott said that she was immediately impressed with Halsey. & she has always used her platform to make others dreams come true like Mary Halsey who I must say is one of the sweetest souls I've met! "I thought it was the most fantastic thing".

Later, Halsey got a gift from the Ellen show: a rhinestone-encrusted jacket that read "Missy's funky white sister" on the back.

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