Missy Elliott makes much anticipated return to stage

She’s is back, and she proved to everyone that a decade-long wait was way too long. On Super Bowl Sunday, the Queen of Hip-Hop herself returned with a roar when she made a surprise appearance alongside halftime performer Katy Perry.

Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott made her long-awaited return to the public eye on Sunday night and nearly stole the show from the “California Gurls” singer.

As her silhouette illuminated the stage, the intro to her 2001 hit song “Get Ur Freak On” was unmistakeable to the 114 million viewers watching at home. Her set continued with “Work It” and her last big song, 2005’s “Lose Control.” Elliott’s return to the spotlight blew up social media with some younger music fans not realizing that this is the artist who transformed the landscape of females in hip-hop music.

She first burst onto the music scene in the 1990s as a record producer for the late R&B singer Aaliyah, but the woman born Melissa Elliott would break down hip-hop barriers for women with her 1997 debut album “Supa Dupa Fly.” Her eccentric song lyrics and iconic music videos made her a star. She produced hit after hit and seemed to be an unstoppable force in hip-hop music. However after the release of her 2005 album “The Cookbook,” the now 43-year-old rapper virtually disappeared from the music spotlight. Unknown to the world, she was suffering from a thyroid illness that kept her out of the studio.

In 2011, Elliott gave an interview with “People” magazine saying that she had been diagnosed with Graves’ disease several years earlier. Graves’ disease is an autoimmune disease that causes symptoms like muscle weakness and an irregular increased heartbeat. Elliott told the magazine that at some points during the height of her illness she “was too weak to lift a pen to write songs.” When her symptoms were back under control, she returned to her first love, producing and writing for some of music’s biggest stars.

Most fans were not aware that Elliott wrote and produced prior to coming out with her rap career. She even produced a remix of Katy Perry’s 2011 song “Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.) which is how the two women first met.

Throughout her two decades in music, Elliott has received dozens of accolades including five Grammy Awards, three American Music Awards, and seven MTV Video Music Awards. She has sold over 30 million records and is the only female rapper in history to have six albums go platinum.

For new and old fans alike, seeing Missy’s return to the performing stage was one of the highlights of the game. Now the world waits to see what her highly anticipated seventh studio album will bring to a music world that has missed her dearly. Welcome back Missy!

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