Mary Halsey, the lady who went viral for her version of Missy Elliott’s hit “Work It,” showed up on Thursday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show and got the ultimate surprise when the rapper joined her on the stage.
Halsey went viral this Summer when she posted a video of her singing the song at Goddard Park in Rhode Island. Elliott was so excited to see the video that she retweeted it and dubbed the fan her “funky white sister.”
I just found out I have a FUNKY WHITE SISTER???? forreal doe??& she brought her home girl with her from da hood that keep tip toeing in the background with a plate of food? yo I’m done!? but she straight killed “Work It” sound effects & all?? I love it??? pic.twitter.com/Rg9TTHAqu2
— Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) August 8, 2018
“It was a shock. I never expected this,” Halsey told host Ellen DeGeneres. “I put it out there and said, ‘You want to go viral?’ But I never thought it would happen.”
Amid her meeting, Halsey revealed that she’s really been performing the tune for a long time and that she was first learned the verses for a challenge in 2003.
“I learned; and I read the words; and I studied it and the reaction that I got was so positive that it became my go-to song,” she said. “Everybody wants to hear it.”
DeGeneres additionally needed to hear a live performance, so she requested that Halsey flaunt her aptitudes on the stage. DeGeneres, guest Kristen Bell and the group of onlookers individuals all shook out to the music as Halsey rapped the verses effortlessly. In any case, their energy went to another level after the Grammy-winner came on to the stage and began performing with her.
Elliott even complimented Halsey’s skills following their performance. “She know all the words, and I forget my own words,” she said. “It’s amazing.”
She additionally gave Halsey a signed shirt and DeGeneres skilled her an amazing coat that expressed “Missy’s Funky White Sister” on the back.