While many may have first become aware of Alyson Stoner for her acting roles in “Cheaper By The Dozen,” “The Suite Life of Zack & Cody,” and “Camp Rock,” she, in fact, got one of her first major gigs by performing as a dancer in Missy Elliott’s video for “Work It” back in 2002. The following year at the MTV Video Music Awards, the iconic video won Elliott the prestigious Video of the Year award, per Mic. On the night, Stoner was present and accepted the award with the rap star onstage. During an appearance on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” Stoner said it was “very exciting” to be a part of that win.
Elliott was clearly impressed by Stoner’s natural talent because she invited the emerging star to feature in two more of her videos: “Gossip Folks” and “I’m Really Hot.” In 2015, Stoner paid tribute to Elliott by teaming up with a group of dancers to perform killer choreography set to the three aforementioned songs. At the end of the set, Stoner dedicated the video to Elliott and thanked the “Get Ur Freak On” hitmaker for the opportunities she gave her growing up. In response, Elliott tweeted, “I’m so humbled! Honestly I never knew How many appreciated my music but I am grateful. thank u @Alyson 4 a beautiful tribute.”