Missy Elliott Surprises Fan Who Went Viral for Covering ''Work It''

Joann Johnston
September 14, 2018

Halsey told Ellen DeGeneres she's been singing "Work It" for 15 years, and explained that she came up with her now-famous nickname as a way to fill the space between when the song's music starts and when Missy Elliott starts singing. Halsey then dropped a performance for the show's studio audience - and received some surprise help from Missy herself.

During an interview with Ellen, Halsey revealed that she first learned "Work It" in 2003 and performed it during a karaoke contest at Rhode Island's Goddard Park. Elliott ended up complimenting her "funky white sister" after the performance, claiming that she forgets the lyrics all the time while Halsey has them all down.

The 47-year-old rapper took Halsey by surprise when she stepped on stage for a duet performance of the 2002 hit single.

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Now Elliott and Halsey have officially performed the classic song together. "When she first said, 'Missy's funky white sister, ' I'm like, 'Who is this?!'" said Missy.

She later sat down alongside Missy, who praised the viral sensation. "I put it out there and said "I want to go viral" but I never thought it would happen". "So when I listen, I'm like, she knows all the words, but the sound effects-she made the elephant noise, all of that.

And of course, I am her funky white ― Missy's funky white sister ― IN THE HOUSE!"

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