Missy Elliott's Super Bowl Appearance Baffled Youngsters: "Who Even Is Missy Elliott?"
During Sunday's halftime show, oldies cheered the rapper's cameo while younger audiences were left asking, "Missy Who?"
When Missy Elliott made a guest appearance during Katy Perry's Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, there were mixed reactions of nostalgia and confusion.
The stadium may have gone wild for the rapper's return (Elliott herself hasn't released an album since 2005's The Cookbook), but some younger viewers were left sitting at home wondering, "Who is Missy Elliott? Is she a new rising artist on the verge of blowing up?"
I don't mean to sound dumb but who is Missy Elliott? I'm apparently the only one who doesn't have a clue.— Garo ® (@garymckee5) February 2, 2015
who even is missy elliot— collin (@demiftperry) February 1, 2015
is it bad idk who missy elliot is— karalyn !! (@sweatermukes) February 2, 2015
And apparently Missy Elliott was well aware. The performer responded on Twitter joking, "I believe the children are our future teach them well let them lead the way! Now let's go 2 iTunes& get sum missy joints & dance."
the new kids think I'm a new artist &I'm bout 2blow up like Paul McCartney Lord ha mercy chile I love me sum y'all— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) February 2, 2015
I think it's cool new kids think I'm a new artist that goes to show u that I'm still on & will rip down stages 20 yrs later— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) February 2, 2015
I believe the children are our future teach them well let them lead the way! Now let's go 2 iTunes& get sum missy joints & dance— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) February 2, 2015
Fellow artists expressed their excitement in seeing the "Work It" rapper return to the stage for a legendary halftime performance, including those Elliott had previously collaborated with (Ciara, Timbaland and Busta Rhymes).
now thats what Im talking about @MissyElliott u kilt dat— Timbaland (@Timbaland) February 2, 2015
@MissyElliott. No 1 Like Her. ❤️— Ciara (@ciara) February 2, 2015
YES!!! @MissyElliott U KILLED IT MAMA!!!— kerry washington (@kerrywashington) February 2, 2015
omg Katy and Missy just killed it - i think I just peed my pants that was so good— CHARLI XCX (@charli_xcx) February 2, 2015