By Terrance Turner
Last night’s VMAs featured Missy Elliott both performing (a greatest-hits medley) and accepting the Video Vanguard award. “I promised I wouldn’t cry this time, ’cause I cry every awards [show],” Elliott said. “But this Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award means so much to me. I have worked diligently for over two decades, and I never thought that I would be standing up here receiving this award,” she remarked. She went on to thank God, her mother, and a lengthy list of names. Watch her often moving acceptance speech below.