Missy Elliot brought out Alyson Stoner from the 'Work It' music video at the VMAs
It's fair to say that this year's MTV Video Music Awards (aka the VMAs) have been as action-packed as usual. In the wake of her breakup with Liam Hemsworth, Miley Cyrus delivered a powerful vocal performance of her lastest breakup track. Then John Travolta made the unfortunate faux pas, after mistaking a drag queen for Taylor Swift. Awkward!
But one of the highlights of the awards show was an awesome appearance from rapper, singer, and record producer Missy Elliot. Missy is still the best-selling female rapper in Nielsen Music history, She's won a grand total of five Grammies and sold 30 million records in the US alone.
Check out the original 'Work It' music video below:
Taking to the stage, Missy reminded everyone why she's copywritten and why you shouldn't copy her. After accepting the Video Vanguard Award, she delivered an amazing performance of some of her most iconic hits, including Get Ur Freak On, Lose Control, and Work It.
It's been almost 17 years since Missy Elliott dropped her legendary music video for Work It, and in an awesome tribute to the original track, there was a cameo from a very special person whose dance moves made the 2002 music video so memorable: Alyson Stoner.
Take a look at Alyson Stoner's cameo in the VMA performance below:
Stoner, who is all grown up now at the age of 26, was the dancer who portrayed the little girl in the music videos for Work It and Gossip Folks. Donning a banana-yellow tracksuit, she managed to impressively showcase to an audience of millions that she's still got those moves.
The nostalgia was palpable, and Missy's fans were obviously pretty exhilarated to see Stoner back onstage again. Following the performance, they immediately took to Twitter to comment on the awesome cameo.
The original video was directed by Dave Meyers, and paid tribute to Aaliyah and Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes when images of the dead musicians are airbrushed on a car's hood. The video also featured an appearance by dancer and graffiti writer Mr Wiggles from Rock Steady Crew
The video went on to win the award for Video of the Year at the 2003 MTV Video Music Awards. In a 2010 interview with Dance Spirit, Alyson Stoner revealed that: "I almost didn’t go to the audition. We didn’t know the content of Missy’s music."
This isn't the first time Stoner has made a reference to her debut. Back in 2015, she reunited with her former co-stars to release a tribute dance video of "Work It" after she was frequently asked by members of the public why she didn't dance with Missy Elliott and Katy Perry during the 2015 Super Bowl.