Missy Elliott graced the performance stage of The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Tuesday (Sept. 13), to surprise viral sensation and long-time fan, Mary Halsey, with a duet performance.
Halsey had posted a video of herself singing her own rendition of Elliott’s 2002 hit “Work It” during a park karaoke session in early August. After the video went online, it made its way to Elliott, who saw the video and instantly loved it. Elliott then tweeted Halsey’s hilarious cover to her 6.6 million Twitter followers, causing the video to go viral and surge to 3.8 million views.
I just found out I have a FUNKY WHITE SISTER——– forreal doe—-& she brought her home girl with her from da hood that keep tip toeing in the background with a plate of food– yo I’m done!– but she straight killed “Work It” sound effects & all—- I love it—— pic.twitter.com/Rg9TTHAqu2
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) August 8, 2018
Today, Halsey appeared on Ellen to discuss her 15-year love affair with the song, how she became so good at the song’s iconic sound effects, and that she coined the term “Funky White Sista” before Elliott did. After DeGeneres interviewed Halsey, she took to the stage to perform her take on the song, only to be surprised by Elliott joining in for her performance — much to the fan’s stunned delight.
Check out the cute performance below.
Got a chance to catch up with one of my favs Ellen on @TheEllenShow it’s been so long– she’s So FLY—- & the still THE BEST!——–& I got a chance to see my “Funky White Sista” MARY She so SWEET & swagged out!!!—— MAKE SURE YALL WATCH later today 4 pm EST. Sept 13th– pic.twitter.com/WztJMyt841
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) September 13, 2018