It’s fwerffiffenifnwhenyen. Last night’s Super Bowl XLIX Halftime show belonged to Missy Elliott, who for three red hot minutes held not just the University of Phoenix Stadium, but the entire world in the palm of her hands. Billed as a late addition to Katy Perry‘s high-budget (and highly bizarre) spectacle, Missy brought some much needed funk. After Lenny Kravitz lent Perry a hand on her 2008 hit “I Kissed A Girl,” Missy appeared and quickly got to work.
From the opening bars of “Get Ur Freak On,” through “Work It,” and “Lose Control,” Missy’s dance moves and vocals were pinpoint perfect, loaded with the swagger that’s kept her an icon, despite these songs being over a decade old. And while Perry’s spectacle of bright colors and giant bipedal sharks got the most amount of screentime last night, it’s impossible to deny that the brief hip-hop interlude was the Super Bowl halftime’s highlight. The performance had other celebrities like Justin Timberlake and Busta Rhymes glowing with praise on twitter, and will surely go down as Okayplayer’s favorite halftime show since things got all purple back in 2007. Watch the video of Missy’s Super Bowl performance below.