If there’s only a handful of redeemable qualities about 2019, surely one of them is this: it’s the year Missy Elliott is getting her flowers.
Now, Elliott’s officially a doctor, walking across the stage at Berklee College of Music on Saturday to receive her honorary degree.
Elliott was bursting with joy at the honor, documenting her latest achievement on her Instagram account.
Elliott also delivered a speech at the weekend commencement ceremony emphasizing resilience-not surprising for a musician whose career has spanned three decades.
As she went up to receive her degree, Elliott got visibly emotional.
During her short speech, Elliott told Berklee graduates to prepare for ups and downs, recounting her own personal challenges in the music industry: her excitement when she was first featured on a track, only to be caught off-guard by the accompanying video.
“That was the first time I realized that maybe I wasn’t the look of beauty that people thought beauty was then. And that discouraged me,” she said.
“But I kept going.” Elliott talked about being dropped from a girl group, and the time she was nominated for 12 awards.
“As long as you are breathing, it is never too late. Because people will tell you-you’re too old, people will tell you it’ll never work,” she said.
“You have come too far to quit.”