Sure, Missy Elliott's appearance as a surprise guest during Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime show was not really a "surprise" -- word had leaked about the performance days before Perry's Super Bowl XLIX spectacular at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. However, the 43-year-old rap icon was given a bigger Super Bowl platform than anyone could have expected, performing two songs alongside Perry and one song by herself while the pop star changed outfits for her finale. Pretty good for a hip-hop veteran who has not released a proper album since 2005's The Cookbook, yet whose best-known singles were once again proven to be iconic dance tracks at the Super Bowl.
Perry and Elliott have collaborated before, on the remix to "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" that helped Perry score a record-tying fifth No. 1 single from her Teenage Dream album. Instead of combining at the Super Bowl with a previously released remix, however, Elliott and Perry played performer and hype-woman as the former bulldozed through parts of her singles "Get Ur Freak On" and "Work It." Both songs were top 10 hits on the Hot 100 chart over a decade ago; the 2002 single "Work It" hit No. 2 on the tally and stayed there for 10 weeks, years before Perry scored her first chart-topper with "I Kissed a Girl." Yet it was Perry who graciously ceded the floor to Elliott during the performance, pumping up the crowd and egging on the dancers flanking the pair while Elliott spat her well-worn rhymes.