Last night's VH1 Hip-Hop Honors was ostensibly all about throwing it back to the '90s, but leave it to Missy Elliott to be able to dip 18 years back into her catalog while still making it feel like she blasting us all into the future. Elliott opened the show with her 1999 single "She's a Bitch," which might be best remembered for its post-apocalyptic video that was, at the time, one of the most expensive videos ever made. Elliot, of course, just decided to recreate the whole thing on stage, and it delivered.
Styled by June Ambrose, Elliott went full-on leather in her outfit and put a new spin on the video's makeup look. Donning a bald cap and midnight black face paint, Elliott accentuated the look with silver eyeshadow and lots of crystals. For good measure, Elliott also one point put on a leather coat with a 30-foot train. Oh, right, she also kicked off the performance by emerging from a pool of water in the middle of the stage.
It's all just another reason to make us wonder why the MTV VMA's don't honor her with the Video Vanguard award.
Of course, Elliott wasn't the only superstar to perform at the show.
Mariah Carey's album Honey, a mix up of the singer's trademark R&B balladry and hip-hop, just celebrated its 20th anniversary, and Carey showed up for a performance of the title track. Those who remember the '90s might remember that "Honey" gave way to an astounding number of remixes and two different music videos. Carey decided to mash things up by performing with Jermaine Dupree and Da Brat from the song's "So So Def" version, and The Lox and Mase from the "Bad Boy" remix. Carey also paid tribute to the original "escaping from a kidnapping on a jet ski" theme of the video by donning an update of her "Agent M" look, putting her backup dancers in sailer outfits, and, of course, seating herself on a gold plated jet ski in the middle of the performance.
The night also featured performance from other nostalgia inducing acts. Lil Kim lead a tribute to recently deceased Mobb Deep member Prodigy, Trick Daddy and Trina reunited for a rendition of the southern classic "Nann," while Xscape, a '90s girl group that launched so many reality TV show careers, regrouped to perform their single "Just Kick It." That lineup including Real Housewives of Atlanta's Kandi Burruss, Tiny and Tonya' Tiny Harris, and R&B Divas: Atlanta's LaTocha Scott.
Monica, Regina Hall, Martin Lawrence, Pharrell Williams, Kelly Rowland and DJ Khaled also all made appearances.
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