Missy Elliott Brought out Alyson Stoner From ‘Work It’ Video to Perform at VMAs

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Last night we saw a whole host of A-listers hit the red carpet for the annual MTV VMAs, celebrating the best in music.

During the course of the evening, we watched some of the industry’s biggest names bag some pretty huge awards as well as performances from several celebs, including Taylor Swift, Camila Cabello, Lizzo, and, of course, Missy Elliott. 

Elliott took to the stage after more than a decade to perform some of her most iconic hits. But when it came to one of her most famous singles, “Work It,” the singer had a surprise in store for fans.

Seventeen years after its release, the singer recreated the classic music video by bringing out no other than Alyson Stoner, the little girl from the “Work It” video – and she still has the moves.

Keep scrolling to see the video…

The show, held in Newark, New Jersey, and, this year, hosted by comedian, Sebastian Maniscalco, celebrates the shining stars of the music industry.

Not only was this year the first time that the awards have ever been held in New Jersey but, unlike last year, when the show infamously went host-less, this time, we saw Sebastian Maniscalco cracking dad-jokes and tumbleweed-inducing “safe space” jibes while presenting the ceremony to us.

Many viewers didn’t understand why he was hosting the event, and, with several of his jokes branded “tasteless,” it seems like people think that he simply didn’t know his audience.

Before wrapping up his opener, the comedian mocked the current social climate. “MTV noticed that we’re living in ultrasensitive times,” Maniscalco said. “If you feel triggered or you feel offended by anything I’m saying here or anything the musical artists are doing, they’re providing a safe space backstage where you’ll get some stress balls and a blankie and also Lil Nas X brought his horse which will double as an emotional support animal. If you’d like to talk to your ushers they’ll send you back to where that’s happening.” And, of course, the exact people that he was targeting took to Twitter to slam the host.

We all wanted to know who would be taking home the top awards, as well as what our favorite stars would be wearing when they graced the red carpet.

There’s no better place than the VMAs to sport a head-turning ensemble – there are zero fashion rules at this awards show. From stars such as Taylor Swift and Megan Thee Stallion rocking the blazer vibe, to Lizzo’s head-turning red-number, the fashion looks certainly didn’t disappoint this year.    

The Swedish pop powerhouse gave us major princess vibes in this floaty, pastel pink gown.

With performances from long-standing talents like Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus, and musical newcomers including Lizzo, Lil Naz X, and Ava Max, we were in for an electrifying setlist.

Pop sensation, Taylor Swift, raced ahead, taking home the award for “Best Music Music Video” and “Video For Good” for her acclaimed “You Need to Calm Down” single – praised for its trailblazing LGBTQ+ representation. But it didn’t end there for the star, who also bagged the “Best Visual Effects” award for her single “ME!” ft. Brendon Urie.  

The genre-defying singer won “Best Newcomer,” “Push Artist of the Year,” and “Best Editing” for her hit song “Bad Guy.”

Jonas Brothers beat the likes of pop princess, Ariana Grande; teen sensation, Billie Eilish; Taylor Swift, and Khalid for the sought after award for their single “Sucker.”

BTS, who’ve quickly risen to pop stardom, won “Best Band,” and “Best K-Pop,”  with former Fifth Harmony member, Normani, bagging the prize for “Best R&B” for her hit single  “Waves” ft. 6LACK.

And it looks like Ariana Grande well and truly came out on top, beating the likes of Billie Eilish, Cardi B, and Shawn Mendes to be crowned artist of the year.  

It looks like the pop sensation was in for a huge winning streak last night, also taking home the awards for “Song of Summer” for her latest single, “Boyfriend,” and “Best Art Direction,” for her popular single “7 Rings.”

…And you probably know what for. The star won the award for “Song of the Year” for his chart-dominating “Old Town Road” Remix with Billy Ray Cyrus.

The “Work It” singer was honored with the “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award” for her huge influence on songwriting, fashion, and music videos, of course. She’s also the first female rapper ever to win the prize. “Nobody deserves to be the Video Vanguard more than Missy,” Cardi B said in an introduction for Elliott. In her acceptance speech, Elliott said: “I have worked diligently for over two decades and I never thought I would be standing up here receiving this award. “This is the next generation, and I promise y’all – I love y’all with all my heart.”

The legendary star wowed fans with a mashup of her most famous hits including “Get Ur Freak On,” Lose Control,” and, of course, “Work It.”

But during her performance of “Work It,” viewers were in for a huge surprise.

Remember the little girl from the iconic music video? Well, she’s all grown up now and Elliott decided to give us all a huge fix of nostalgia by bringing her out on stage.

The star, who went on to star in the Step Up franchise, Disney’s Camp Rock, and Cheaper By the Dozen, stole the show last night – proving that she very much still has the talent.

We think that we can all agree that it was a show-stopping performance. It’s something that we didn’t know we needed. Alyson certainly isn’t the only child star who’s proven to be all grown up. Keep scrolling to see how your favorite little ones have changed since they first hit our screens.