Missy Elliott Reveals She Was Sick & in Hospital Day before Receiving MTV VMA Video Vanguard Award

Missy Elliott reveals she was sick and in the hospital just a day before accepting the MTV Video Vanguard Award and performing at this year's VMAs. 

No one could have suspected that Missy Elliott was in the hospital just a day before this year's MTV VMAs, as she nailed her performance. 

Fighting through her Illness

During her recent interview with Angie Martinez though, Missy revealed that she was so sick the night before the Awards Night that she had to be brought to the hospital. 

"The day before the show, my chest—I couldn’t breathe. I had to go to the hospital. Just a cold. They gave me some cough syrup. I was like, ‘Oh this is not good.’ They got me on the lean."

Honoring Her Commitment 

However bad she felt, though, she knew she had to show up to the VMAs, because she honored a promise and she wasn't about to let anybody down. As for how she did it, she simply said: 

"Just gotta fight it and be like, ‘What Ima do?’ Tell MTV after they spent all that bread? They woulda been like you better take this whatever and get out there."

Missy's Badluck

It seems that the day of the VMAs just wasn't Elliott's day, because aside from being sick, she also lost a diamond necklace while backstage. 

The 48-year-old bagged the highest honor at the Awards Night, but she also lost something valuable that had her worried that night. 

“Anyone found this necklace at the VMAs backstage or know anything about it there’s a reward. It’s the shorter one. …Thanks.”

While she didn't disclose details about how or when it happened, she asked her Instagram followers to let her know if they've seen the missing necklace. 

Winning the Vanguard Award

That day, Elliott became the first female rapper to receive MTV's Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award to recognize her contributions to music. 

Regardless of all the hiccups, though, Missy emerged a winner and ultimately recovered from all the things that happened during VMAs night. 

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