Missy Elliott has accomplished so much throughout her career from her music to her legendary videos. Billboard definitely got it right when they honored her with the “Innovator” award over the weekend.
Ciara presented Missy with the award, and Missy seemed to get very emotional during her speech.
“Because of them, those ones before me, I thank you, and I thank my peers and those after me, but those ones before me, I want to tell y’all that I love y’all so much and Aaliyah, I hope you’re looking down and that you are proud of me. I miss you much and Ciara, I love you so much, sis. I thank you, I thank you. I love you so much. And I thank y’all once again.”
Missy Elliott also wanted to let everyone watching know to continue to be creative and never stop. She also reflected on her own life as an artist and person. While tearing up, the pioneer said:
“I’m sorry, y’all, you know, I done cried so much, I got my bottom lashes in my eyes. I want y’all to continue to be creative and don’t be scared to take risks. I’ve had to take a lot of risks, and being a woman in this industry for me, as an artist, a writer and producer, I’ve had my ups and downs. There’s times that I have wanted to give up, but God had another plan for me, and if it wouldn’t have been for Him, I wouldn’t be standing here. I just want to say that I thank y’all.”
Watch the video below.