The night before she released her first major single in a decade, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott composed an emoji-loaded tweet that ended with two words: "buckle up." The next morning, on Nov. 12, the video for "WTF (Where They From)" premiered on YouTube in all its future-funky glory. Reaching No. 22 in its second week on the Billboard Hot 100, it became Elliott's biggest hit as a lead artist, racking up 3 million total streams that day. The single's reception mirrored the outpouring of love she received in February, after her guest spot during Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime show. This year proved that the 44-year-old MC is nowhere near done with her mission to reshape hip-hop and pop. An album of tracks she has been working on with Pharrell Williams and Timbaland should arrive in 2016. "She's like a living myth, but she's the real thing," says Williams. "I was just ready for the next installment."
Her Favorite Day (And Night) Of 2015
"I'm so thankful that Katy invited me to join her at the Super Bowl. To see the positive reaction of millions and feel the love from my fans will always stay with me. My favorite night was hanging with Janet Jackson and her husband. We had a blast! It's wonderful to see her back on tour, and she dropped an incredible album. I was blessed to help write her song 'Burn It Up.' I'm Team Janet!"