When naming the greatest musicians of all time, your list isn't complete if it doesn't include Missy Elliott.
The singer, rapper, songwriter and producer from Virginia is one of the most decorated and respected artists in the music industry. From writing hit singles for notable singers such as Beyoncé, Aaliyah, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey to producing her own chart-topping records, Missy Elliott has undoubtedly cemented her legacy in music.
Not only is Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott's claim to fame the unique sound that oozes through her music, she is also one of the most visionary artists when it comes to music videos. Her groundbreaking visuals defied traditional stereotypes for women in music and created a new lane for artists to explore.
Her debut single 'The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)' and its music video premiered in 1997 and is still regarded as one of the greatest projects to this day. The edgy and innovative video, directed by Hype Williams, showcased Missy in a way that hadn't been done before. The fisheye lens, striking outfits and beauty looks and cutting-edge elements explored a different, more futuristic, side of '90s hip-hop.
As a result of the star's various influences on hip-hop and music overall, she will receive this year's Video Vanguard Award at the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards. While Missy may have been a pioneer throughout her career, the honor comes after years of fans petitioning for her to receive the award.
Missy will be the first woman rapper to receive the prestigious award at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. She follows in the footsteps of past honorees including Beyonce, Janet Jackson, Pink, Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West and Michael Jackson, the prize's namesake. As fans and celebrities alike await her acceptance speech and what will most likely be a performance to remember, here's a roundup of some of her most iconic music video looks.