If you are a true Missy Elliott fan that has missed seeing her on stage, get ready for a Super Bowl 2015 surprise. Just days before the Super Bowl, Missy Elliott was reported on the Associated Press as a last-minute addition to Katy Perry’s Super Bowl half-time performance. Currently, the NFL has not officially announced the Super Bowl half-time performance with Missy Elliott — but Katy Perry did hint that there would be an undisclosed female singer added to the show that Perry promised would make “jaws drop.”
The Associated Press said, “A person familiar with the plans for Sunday’s halftime show told The Associated Press on Thursday that Grammy winner Missy Elliott is slated to make a surprise appearance during Katy Perry’s performance.”
After releasing hits through the late 1990s and up to 2007, Missy Elliott suddenly disappeared from the celebrity world. On occasion, Missy Elliott would appear to play an awards show — but she has not been releasing new music or doing tours.
To explain her absence from the world as a full-time entertainer, in 2011, Missy Elliott announced to People Magazine that she was battling a thyroid-related syndrome called Graves Disease. About the condition, People Magazine states, “The disease – which Elliott was diagnosed with in 2008 – first began affecting her motor skills, followed by a string of symptoms: dizzy spells, lumps in her throat, mood swings, hair loss, a fast heart rate and bulging eyes.” Missy Elliott also followed up with a full interview with VH1‘s “Behind the Music” to explain her break from full-time recording and performing.
While her appearances were scant for several years, in 2013, she suddenly reappeared when Fantasia released “Without Me” featuring Missy Elliott and Kelly Rowland. However, 2014 was the year Missy Elliott started stepping back into the spotlight. During the summer of 2014, Missy Elliott joined Skateboard P at the BET Awards to perform “Come Get It Bae” and “Pass That Dutch.” In September 2014, Faith Evans released “I Deserve It” featuring Missy Elliott and Sharaya J.
In October 2014, US Weekly released pictures of a slimmed-down Missy Elliott looking radiant. During the same time period, Missy Elliott performed on stage with the Alexander Wang and H&M Collection Launch in New York City. In late October, it was announced by MTV that Missy Elliott would join Lil’ Kim at the 2014 Soul Train Awards on November 30.
Does this Super Bowl half-time show with Missy Elliott and Katy Perry mean that Missy is finally back? Fingers crossed for an announcement from Missy at the Super Bowl that she is releasing a new album in 2015.
[All images from the referenced links. Lead image via The Lava Lizard.]