August 28, 2019
August 28, 2019
Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott –
There is nothing celebratory about a misdemeanor, unless, of course, you are Portsmouth, Virginia, native Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott, the 2019 winner of MTV’s most coveted VMA, the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
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Described by MTV as a “groundbreaking solo superstar, pioneering producer, songwriter, singer, rapper, and cultural icon who has transformed the global music scene,” Missy Elliott became the first female rapper to receive the award Monday, August 26. She tweeted the following: “I Thank my FANS ‘Supafriends’ who fought diligently to see this day come…I am crying happy tears. Thank you God @MTV @VMAs am SO HUMBLED.”
Those “happy tears” were evident June 13, 2019, when Missy became the first female Hip-Hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame—only the third rapper in its history—sharing the honor with previous winners Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri.
While Missy is a world-renowned artist celebrated for such memorable tracks as “Get Ur Freak On,” “Lose Control,” “Work It,” and “Throw I Back”—her first new single in two years from her latest album Iconology—she is also known as a local artist who is mindful of her roots. Scheduled to perform at fellow Virginian Pharrell Williams’ Something in the Water Festival in Virginia Beach April 27, 2019, Missy took a detour to her alma mater, Woodrow Wilson High School, in Portsmouth, where she donated $25, 000 for “…whatever the school needed.” And just two weeks later (May 11), the 47-year-old, along with Justin Timberlake, received an honorary Ph.D. from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. Who can argue with “Give and you shall receive”?
Misdemeanor? No! It is a sobriquet of critical acclaim, not criticism..