Ciara Presents Missy Elliott With Innovator Award at Billboard Women in Music: Read Her Full Speech

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Ciara speaks onstage during the Billboard Women in Music Luncheon on Dec. 11, 2015 in New York City.  

Ciara was honored to introduce Missy Elliott at Billboard's Women in Music 2015.

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Read her full speech below:

"Just insane. Just amazing. And now, Billboard Women in Music, all rise. For a woman -- all rise -- for a woman who's changed the game, my friend, my sister, an icon and innovator herself, Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott.

"Here's the truth: Countless women in music today, including myself and many of the biggest names in music, are living in a world my friend and hero, Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott, helped to build, to create and to innovate. And so I could not be more thrilled to stand here and celebrate Missy as the innovator that she still is. The record shows that this creative force is one of the most influential rap artists and entertainers of all time. As an innovative producer, songwriter and performer whose music and videos have always been groundbreaking. She's scored 10 top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart; more than any female in hip-hop. She has earned 31 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, nine of them going top 10. And this year, Missy has come back in style and surprised us all during last year's Super Bowl performance and with her recently triumphant performance 'WTF (Where They From)' -- what I think the initial's should be are WPISMEF: What planet is Missy Elliott from?

"There is truly no one like her. It's just the latest chapter in the true story of an amazing, talented and gifted music maker and a true innovator."

2015 Billboard Women in Music


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