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Missy Elliott responds after Portsmouth changes street name in her honor

"I have been BLESSED so much but this right here hits my heart differently," she wrote in the tweet.

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Portsmouth City Council voted unanimously in August on a motion to change a street name in honor of a local and national music legend.

A part of McLean Street from Airline Boulevard to Greenwood Drive has now become "Missy Elliott Boulevard."

On September 7, Elliott tweeted her gratitude about the change and the honor she feels about being from the 757:

"I have been BLESSED so much but this right here hits my heart differently," she wrote in the tweet. 

Melissa Arnette Elliott, known by her stage name of Missy Elliott, is a Portsmouth native. She's also an award-winning rapper, songwriter and producer. 

Elliott is a graduate of Manor High School (previously named Woodrow Wilson High School), which she visited back in 2019 while in the area and donated $25,000.

Since her career beginnings in 1991, Elliott has released six studio albums, won four Grammys, worked with fellow big names in the industry like Timbaland and Aaliyah and has ultimately been lovingly deemed the "Queen of Hip Hop." 

In 2018, she was nominated to the Songwriters Hall of Fame. 

The planning commission for the city recommended the approval for this change, which was submitted as an idea by a resident. 

This is so exciting, we may "Lose Control!"

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