Missy Elliott Delivers Stellar VMAs Video Vanguard Performance Of 'Get Ur Freak On' & More: Watch

There's no question as to who got the most people dancing at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards, as Missy Elliot's Michael Jackson Video Vanguard medley had everyone -- including the star-studded VIP section -- up on their feet for the whole performance.

Before launching into a brief set that ran through some of her most beloved songs, Elliott began with one of her new tracks with a most fitting title: sporting platinum braids and a metallic suit to match, she was joined by a crew of dancers in a house of mirrors for "Throw It Back" off her new release, Iconology.

She proceeded to do just that, and when she was spotted onstage in her iconic trash bag suit for "Supa Dupa Fly," the audience at Newark's Prudential Center completely lost it and only cheered louder as the hits kept coming. "Get Ur Freak On" followed, with dancers busting killer moves (and some doing so while pulling some seriously impressive aerial stunts); "Work It" came next, and Alyson Stoner, the dancer who was a pint-sized break-dancing champ in the video back in 2002, came out to flex on her routine, which is just as badass now as it was 17 years ago:

"Pass That Dutch" was another crowdpleaser, but "Lose Control" is what gave the viewers at home the most unapologetically intense dance party of the night as the camera cut to Halsey, Gigi Hadid, Bella Hadid, Bebe Rexha, Taylor Swift, Todrick Hall, Lizzo and more losing their minds to the 2005 hit. (The "Lose Control" video nabbed two VMAs for Elliott that year, as well as the Grammy for best music video in 2006.)

After Elliott left the stage, Cardi B came out proudly bearing the guest of honor's Video Vanguard award in hand. She hyped up the crowd for the honoree: "Give it up for Missy Elliott, that was FIRE! Give it up for Missy right now, I'm so excited to be here to celebrate this living legend!" She went on to praise Elliott's trailblazing ("She's a champion for women who want to be doing their own thang") before passing off the mic to the very first female rapper to ever win the Video Vanguard award. 

"I promised I wouldn't cry because I cry at every awards," she began, "But this Michael Jackson video vanguard award means so much to me. I have worked diligently for over two decades, and I never thought that I would be standing up here, receiving this award. It means so much to me, I promise you, it don't go unnoticed, the support and love y'all have shown me over the years."

After thanking God, her mother, Timbaland, Hype Williams, her label, her glam squad and a number of her collaborators, she gave a special shout-out to Janet Jackson -- "I love you, thank you for being such a great friend!" -- and her own video idols ("Busta Rhymes, he is an inspiration to me, Janet Jackson, Peter Gabriel, I watched Madonna's videos!").

She also paid a poignant tribute to Aaliyah ("I love you! I miss you!"), and wrapped her speech by thanking the dancers by her side and the dance community at large: "When y'all get on the stage with these artists, y'all are not just props. Y'all are the icing on the cake. Y'all are the beat to the heart. I dedicate this to every dance community out there."

Watch Elliott's Video Vanguard performance at the 2019 MTV VMAs below.

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