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Billboard Women In Music 2015: Lady Gaga, Missy Elliott, Ciara, & Fifth Harmony Shine

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Last night saw girl power celebrated at the 10th annual Billboard Women In Music ceremony.

The event, which was held at Cipriani in New York City, honored the likes of Lady Gaga (‘Woman of the Year’), Missy Elliott (‘Innovator Award’), and Fifth Harmony (‘Best Group’).

Set to air on Lifetime on December 18th, snaps from the action-packed spectacle have surfaced.

Whose fashion slayed? You be the judge?

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Missy Elliott To Perform On ‘The Voice’ Finale

The Weeknd, Justin Bieber, & Pharrell Also Set To Hit Stage

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Missy Elliott is making a beeline for The Voice finale!

The iconic Rap star blazed back onto the scene recently with new single ‘WTF (Where They From)’ and is now gearing up to offer the first live performance of the track on the NBC hit.

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Missy Elliott To Receive First Ever ‘Innovator’ Honor At Billboard’s Women In Music 2015

Lady Gaga & Fifth Harmony To Also Be Recognized

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Missy Elliott quite literally wears many hats. However, millions would agree that the most fitting of them all is that of “innovator.”

Billboard certainly agree; the industry giant has just announced that the rap pioneer will be honored with the inaugural Innovator Award at Billboard’s Women in Music 2015 next month.

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Missy Elliott Covers Billboard / Spills On New Album, Nicki Minaj & More

Rapper Reminds That "There's Only One Missy"

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Rap icon Missy Elliott is storming the comeback trail with galactic new single ‘WTF (Where They From).’ And she’s wasting no time hitting the promo circuit either. Check out her new Billboard magazine cover above.

The Virginia native’s return is one many thought they’d never see. After all, in an industry where audience attention spans are shrinking, her 10 year hiatus as an artist (guest features excluded) may as well have been double that.

Yet, as the age old adage goes, patience is a virtue. And Elliott’s fans, as well as the music industry at large, were rewarded handsomely when the Pharrell assisted jam was unleashed one week ago.

In a juicy sit-down with with Billboard, the femcee opens up about her return, being shy, and her new album. She also offers an interesting response when quizzed (naturally) on Nicki Minaj.

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Missy Elliott Opens Up About Comeback / Reveals Pharrell & Katy Perry Were Instrumental

Pharrell & Timbaland Producing First LP In 10 Years

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Missy Elliott isn’t just back. She’s blazing.

The iconic rapper broke the internet when the video for her comeback track ‘WTF (Where They From)’ landed last week.

Indeed, in what is becoming a real rarity in today’s age, the Dave Meyer‘s directed visual very much felt like an event and was greeted as such (the clip has racked up over 13 million views and counting).

In an interview with Hattie Collins for i-D magazine, Elliott waxed honest about her return; how she’d adjusted to the “normal life,” the apprehension she felt (she literally messed up her weave with nerves), and how Pharrell Williams and Katy Perry were central to her resurgence.

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Missy Elliott’s ‘WTF’ Video Hits 10 Million Views…In 3 Days

Rapper Onto A Viral Hit With Comeback Track

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The mighty Missy Elliott is living up to her billing.

After breaking the internet with her comeback track ‘WTF (Where They From),’ it’s quickly becoming apparent that the buzz was not momentary. It’s sustaining.

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Missy Elliott Rockets Into iTunes Top 10 With ‘WTF’ / Video Views Hit 4 Million In Under 24 Hours

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When true talent meets creativity, success is almost always an inevitability. It’s a lesson the masses are learning once again courtesy of Missy Elliott.

Yesterday saw the iconic rapper explode back onto the scene with ‘WTF (Where They From)’ – the lead single from her first album in over a decade.

After such a lengthy spell away from the spotlight, it naturally begs the question of whether the public would welcome back Elliott with open arms (and wallets).

The answer, at the moment, appears to be an emphatic “yes!”

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