15 Reasons We're SO Happy You're Back

The ESSENCE Festival headliner is celebrating her 44th birthday today, and we are celebrating her comeback. We can't wait to see Misdemeanor light up the Essennce Fest stage in New Orleans this weekend.

Gia Peppers Jul, 01, 2015

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One of the main reasons we love Missy Elliott is that she is the epitome of what it means to be creative. Her production skills are out of this world, as her songwriting skills. In fact, her sound ushered in an entirely new era in Hip-Hop and R&B.

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From The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly), to Work It, to Get Ur Freak On, Missy has HITS.  To put it plainly, her music is just as unforgettable as the first time we saw her on our TVs dancing in a trash bag.

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Missy's hair is known to turn heads.  Whether she's rocking it short or long, you will be inspired to try something new as soon as you see her. 

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There is no other artist like Missy. From her classic songs to groundbreaking videos, she continues to invoke creativity from her peers.

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In 2008, Missy was diagnosed with a rare from of Graves' Disease, which is an autoimmune illness that has a major affect on the thyroid. Now, she's healthy enough to take over the game, once again.

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She posted this photo to her Twitter on Mother's Day in 2014 to show the world how much she appreciates her biggest supporter, Patricia Elliott.  And to top it off, even made a song about her mother.

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In 2003, Missy Elliott led a $5 Million dollar campaign against domestic violence called, "Break the Cycle."  She also takes time to help obese teens

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Whether she's rocking a sweatsuit and sneakers or a combination of bright colors, it's hard to see Missy and not be inspired to think outside of the box.

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Missy Elliott never tries to fit in.  She is a trendsetter, just by being herself. Even her most recent work has her signature production and vocal style.

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Missy Elliott and Timbaland changed the game of Hip-Hop by pushing the envelope.  We can't wait to see what she does next, especially at ESSENCE Fest 2015.

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In an interview with The Breakfast Club, she encouraged the new generation of artists to diversify their sound when it comes to creating music.  She felt everything sounded the same.

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Missy Elliott took a small hiatus from the music industry to concentrate on her health but every time she performed at a festival or appeared with another artist, we were reminded just how dope of an artist she is.

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Aaliyah and Missy were very close friends.  After her tragic passing, Missy did her best to keep her spirit alive by releasing her music and wearing clothing that showed her angelic face.

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Missy Elliott and Timbaland are responsible for most of your favorite songs from the late 90's and early 2000's.  

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Missy Elliott's performance skills are still extraordinary and she proved that by bringing Katy Perry's 2015 Super Bowl performance to a whole new level.