Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Missy Elliott and Her Viral Superfan Met and It Was Glorious

Missy Elliott and Her Viral Superfan Met and It Was Glorious

Halsey appeared on "Ellen" on Thursday and told the story of her viral performance, which took place during an annual karaoke competition at Goddard Park in Rhode Island.

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".

Of course, we have to thank Ellen DeGeneres for doing the Internet a solid. "I never expected this", adding "I put it out there and said, 'You want to go viral?' But I never thought it would happen". I learned, I read the words, I studied it, and the reaction I got was so positive that it became my go-to song.

Missy Elliot dueted "Work It" with a fan who has been slaying her song in karaoke for 15 years.

Sitting down for a chat, an overwhelmed Mary admitted: 'I can hardly just sit here, you've blown me away.

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Mary's face dropped but she managed to pull herself together to finish the song with her idol.

Elliott said that she was immediately impressed with Halsey. I thought it was just the most wonderful thing.

Explaining her appreciation of Mary's love for her music, Missy said: 'When she said "Missy's funky white sister", I'm like, "Who is this?"

Missy surprised Halsey with a signed custom T-shirt, while Ellen gave her a jacket inscribed with "Missy's Funky White Sister" on the back. She entered a karaoke contest that year and made a decision to try her hand at the infectious song.

See the performance below.

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