MTV 2019 VMAs Close Out With Queen Latifah And An All-Star Cast Of Jersey Natives

Last night MTV Video Music Awards took place at the Prudential Center located in New Jersey—make it the first time the award show has ever been recorded in Jersey.

The night was packed with performances by stars like Normani, Big Sean and A$AP Ferg.

But the two biggest highlights of the night were arguably the tribute to Missy Elliott who received the, long overdue, Video Vanguard Award.

Although Missy’s tribute set was shorter than past performers—yes we noticed—the execution was nothing short of flawless entertainment.  In usual Missy fashion, the performance was packed with some of her iconic songs including “Hot Boyz” , “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)”, and her recent single “Throw it Back” off her latest EP, Iconology.

Alyson Stoner even made a cameo—Stoner is most famous for her appearances in Missy’s earlier videos as a main dancer.

But unbeknownst to viewers, MTV had another tribute lined up as it closed its show with an all-star cast of jersey natives performing some of their greatest hits.

Rapper turned actor Ice-T kicked things with a verse while also letting it be known that while we may have known him for repping the Westside, the rapper was actually born in Newark, New Jersey.

Queen Latifah pulled up to the arena on a red motorcycle shortly before performing her 1993 Grammy-winning song, “U.N.I.T.Y”.

 

Other artists included Naughty by Nature, Paterson’s Fetty Wap performed his 2015 anthem “Trap Queen” inside a circle lit Devils-red as the crowd danced around him.

Wyclef Jean slowed things down with a medley of “Gone till November” and “No Woman, No Cry”.

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The Jersey segment concluded with everyone joining together to the tune of Naughty’s celebratory 1992 anthem “Hip-Hop Hooray”.

Tabie is your friendly neighborhood transplant, currently attempting to live out the big New York dream. During my free time, I like to write stories and short essays. I also use this expensive thing I bought called a camera. I capture moments and the beautiful people I encounter. I live by the motto "collaboration over competition" because why waste energy bringing someone down when we can rise together. Manhattanville College Alum.