MTV is Bringing a Museum of Missy Elliot to NYC

Fans of Missy Elliott who live in New York City will get to experience a pop-up museum that celebrates the hip-hop legend.

Before the rapper receives the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, fans can get a chance to experience a pop-up museum celebrating Elliott on August 24 and August 25. The museum, which is called the “MTV & Pepsi Celebrate the Museum of Missy Elliott,” will allow fans to immerse themselves in the rapper’s groundbreaking music, videos, and costumes.

The MTV and Pepsi event will be located at 632 Broadway in New York City from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 24 and from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m on Sunday, August 25, according to a press release. The immersive exhibit will feature installations that inspired some of the minds behind Elliott’s music videos, like director Hype Williams and costume designer June Ambrose.

“I’m so thrilled that MTV, in collaboration with Pepsi, has decided to showcase the amazing work of my dear friend Missy Elliott,” Ambrose said in a statement. “It has been my distinct honor and privilege to have been fortunate enough to costume design for Missy for so many years, a true labor of love. I wish to congratulate Missy, Hype Williams, HitHat, and all the many creatives whose amazing work will be on display at the Museum of Missy Elliott.”

In the exhibit, fans will have the ability to take photos in installations from Elliott’s iconic music videos like “Gossip Folks,” “Sock It 2 Me,” and “Lose Control.” Fans will also be able to place themselves inside the music video for “The Rain” and wear the iconic garbage bag onesie. Tickets for the exhibit have already sold out.

Earlier this month, MTV announced that Elliott will receive the Video Vanguard Award during the 2019 VMAs on August 26. The rapper is set to perform at the award ceremony, returning to the VMA stage for the first time since 2003, according to a press release from the television station. She is the fourth rapper to win the award, joining the other legendary rap artists who have won the title, which includes Kanye West, LL Cool J, and the Beastie Boys. MTV called her “a groundbreaking solo superstar, pioneering producer, songwriter, singer, rapper and cultural icon who has transformed the global music scene.”

“Missy’s impact on the music landscape is indelible,” said Bruce Gillmer, Head of Music and Music Talent, Viacom and Co-Brand Head, MTV International. “Her creative vision across production, performance and songwriting is unmatched.”

Elliott is also making history as the first female rapper to win the award, Billboard previously reported. Following the news of the award, the rapper took to Twitter to thank her fans.

“I am Humbly Grateful to be receiving the [Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award]. I Thank my FANS “Supafriends” who fought diligently to see this day come,” the rapper wrote on Twitter. “I am crying happy tears. Thank you God.”

The Grammy-award winning rapper has previously won seven Moon Person trophies, including Video of the Year in 2003 for her song “Work It” and Best Hip-Hop Video in 2005 for “Lose Control,” according to MTV News. In 2001, she performed a medley of “Get Ur Freak On” and “One Minute Man” at the ceremony. She also took to the VMA stage in 2006 to recreate her “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)” music video to honor Hype Williams, who received the Vanguard Award that year.

This year, Elliott became the first female hip-hop artist to be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the third rapper to receive the honor since 1969, Billboard reported.

“I want to CONGRATULATE all the AMAZING songwriters who have been inducted into the 2019 Song Writers Hall of Fame also those who were nominated because their body of work is AMAZING,” Elliott tweeted earlier this year. “I AM SO HUMBLY GRATEFUL to now be inducted also I [love] you all.”

Elliott has also teased that she is releasing new music. In April, the rapper posted a video of herself on Instagram dancing to the song “Keep on Moving” by Soul II Soul with a caption stating that she just wrapped up “a long project.”

“I just finished a long project I been working on since last year [and] this my mood “Keep On Movin” I’m bout to show y’all I’m on some next ish,” Elliott wrote in the caption.

Elliott also posted a gif of herself to Twitter that same month telling her fans about the “big project.”

“Thank God I just finished a big project today [and] it has been a very intense no sleep 5 weeks working on this since last year,” she previously tweeted. “I been sick on and off from weather change and this pollen has been kicking my a— but it will be all worth it! I’m EXCITED.”

On August 26, the award show will air live from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey on MTV’s global network channels in more than 180 countries and territories.

About the Author

Maria Perez is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has an M.A. in Urban Reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has been published in the various venues, including Newsweek, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, City Limits, and local newspapers like The Wave and The Home Reporter.