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

Missy Elliott Surprises Viral Star on'Ellen

Missy Elliott Surprises Viral Star on'Ellen

Of course, Missy had nothing but incredible things to say about Mary's skills - and gushed about what she loved about Mary's rendition.

Mary went viral over the summer with her karaoke performance of Missy's 2002 hit single Work It, during which she dubbed herself the rapper's "funky white sister".

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.

"It became my go-to song, everyone wants to hear it!" she revealed. While Mary was bringing down the house mid-song, Missy sneakily crept behind her and sang along. "And I said, I could do that song - maybe I could try".

Finally acquainted, Missy and Mary shared a warm embrace after the performance before Ellen got in on the action for a group hug.

Ellen, queen of orchestrating surprises for celebrity fans, invited Mary on her talk show this week to perform her favourite Missy jam and secretly had the hip-hop star waiting in the wings to surprise her. During the interview, she said of one day meeting Elliott, "I see it in my future". Halsey seems to have the wind knocked out of her for a few seconds before performing a duet with Elliott.

Halsey also admitted that she always wanted to go viral, but didn't really think it would happen until Elliott posted the video herself and praised Halsey's performance.

"Instead of it just being an empty time, I made a decision to fill it in".

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