The hip-hop icon kicked things off with a performance of her new song, “Throw It Back,” before actually throwing it back with a medley of some of her biggest hits. Those songs included “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly),” “Get Your Freak On,” “Pass That Dutch,” “Lose Control” and, of course, “Work It.”
And, yes, that was Alyson Stoner from the original video breaking it down on stage. (Did you really think she wouldn’t be there?!)
In addition to performing on Monday, Elliott also received the VMAs’ coveted Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. Previous recipients include Jennifer Lopez (2018), Pink (2017), Rihanna (2016), Kanye West (2015), Beyoncé (2014), Justin Timberlake (2013) and Britney Spears (2011).
Prior to nabbing this honor, Elliott had taken home seven VMAs: Best Video From a Film and Video of the Year for “Lady Marmalade” (2001), Best Hip-Hop Video and Video of the Year for “Work It” (2003), Best Dance Video and Best Hip-Hop Video for “Lose Control” (2005), and Best Special Effects in a Video for “We Run This” (2006).
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