Missy Elliott surprises viral video star who sang "Work It"

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Mary Halsey received the surprise of a lifetime when Missy Elliott joined her on the stage of "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" Thursday to perform the rapper's 2002 smash, "Work It".

So when Rhode Island resident Mary Halsey flawlessly performed it in a video that went viral over the summer - and Missy Elliott herself saw the impressive cover rendition - Elliott was quick to laud her "funky white sister", sharing the video on Twitter along with her fervent praise.

Finally acquainted, Missy and Mary shared a warm embrace after the performance before Ellen got in on the action for a group hug. She revealed that she's been performing the song during karaoke performances since 2003. "I never expected this", adding "I put it out there and said, 'You want to go viral?' But I never thought it would happen".

"She know all the words, and I forget my own words", Elliott said of Halsey. I learned, I read the words, I studied it, and the reaction I got was so positive that it became my go-to song. Nailing every lyric and sound effect, Missy's "funky white sister" was busy doing her thing when the legend herself walked out midway through the performance. "Mary is one of the sweetest souls I met". While Mary was bringing down the house mid-song, Missy sneakily crept behind her and sang along.

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Elliott said that she was immediately impressed with Halsey.

"Instead of it just being an empty time, I chose to fill it in".

Missy surprised Halsey with a signed custom T-shirt, while Ellen gave her a jacket inscribed with "Missy's Funky White Sister" on the back.

See the performance below.