She requested a moment to gather herself. She closed her eyes and took a deep breath, and tears began to fall freely over her smiling face. She opened her eyes. She began to speak to the graduating class, herself among them, just before being awarded an honorary doctorate. I scrolled back to when she closed her eyes and counted the seconds until she spoke again. Altogether, there were 20 seconds of what I assumed was silent meditation, perhaps gratitude, in service to a life so successful, it had fashioned itself into this spectacular moment. I confirm. I counted to make sure. Her eyelids, painted green and shimmering under the overhead lights, flutter a few times while she thinks about it more. She went somewhere else entirely.
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Melissa Arnette Elliott born July 1,  is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record executive, dancer, choreographer, actress and philanthropist. Following several collaborations and guest appearances, she launched her solo career on July 15, with her debut album Supa Dupa Fly , which spawned the top 20 single " Sock It 2 Me ". The album debuted at number three on the Billboard , the highest charting debut for a female rapper at the time. With the release of Miss E
Her six-song medley was a thrill-ride of kaleidoscopic visuals, VMAdancers and costume changes: Elliott was a cyberqueen, a B-girl, a scarecrow, an airborne beachball, a one-woman advertisement for what pop music can be. The performance, marking her video vanguard award, instantly went viral, capped a year of honours an honorary doctorate from Berklee College of Music, the first female rapper in the Songwriters Hall of Fame and coincided with the Iconology EP, her first new body of work since It dazzled the uninitiated while reminding millions of older fans what a vital creative force the year-old was and how much we had missed her. Two days later, Elliott is still bathing in goodwill. After a month of planning and two weeks of rehearsals, she says the set went like a dream. I might be in my panties! Elliott was meant to release her long-overdue seventh album that year but after just one brilliant single, WTF Where They From , she returned to her quieter life as a writer, producer and guest MC.
Missy Elliott is a living icon. No matter the time, her music and videos are always relevant. Missy is a cross-generational star. Missy Elliott has defined herself as avant-garde, and anyone who has followed her decades-long career would deem it a befitting descriptor. She has shown the world how empowering creativity can be.