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Missy Elliott joins superfan on Ellen DeGeneres for surprise duet

Missy Elliott joins superfan on Ellen DeGeneres for surprise duet”

Missy Elliott's funky white sister is in the house!

Self-proclaimed "funky white sister" Mary Halsey went on "Ellen" Thursday to perform her viral rendition of "Work It", which gained steam online in August after Elliot tweeted Halsey's hilarious performance. On The Ellen Show this week, Ellen DeGeneres brought together Halsey and the iconic rapper for a surprise meeting. She revealed that she learned "Work It" in 2003 to compete in a karaoke competition then, and soon it became her go-to song.

Elliott said that she was immediately impressed with Halsey. "I put it out there and said, 'I wanna go viral, ' but I never thought it would happen'". Of course, DeGeneres had to ask Halsey to sing it for her audience.

Ellen, queen of orchestrating surprises for celebrity fans, invited Mary on her talk show this week to perform her favourite Missy jam and secretly had the hip-hop star waiting in the wings to surprise her. "Mary is one of the sweetest souls I met".

"Instead of it just being an empty time, I chose to fill it in". Elliott was such a fan of her performance that she shared it on Twitter and solidified her status as the artist's "funky white sister". "And so, I heard my rap going backwards, and I said, 'Keep it, and I'll make words around that part.' And that's what made me say, 'Flip it and reverse it'".

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.



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