From McLean Street to Missy Elliott Boulevard: Missy to get own street in Virginia

Written by on August 10, 2022

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Missy Elliott‘s name will be cemented on a street in her hometown of Portsmouth, Virginia. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Portsmouth City Council unanimously voted in support of renaming McLean Street to Missy Elliott Boulevard. 

“I am so Humbly Grateful #757 VA 2 up 2 down,” she wrote of the forthcoming honor. “i been through many ups & downs & times I wanted to give up but Gods plan was different! & all I can do is say Thank you & Thank you to everyone on the City Counsel I am so GRATEFUL for EVERYTHING”

The council is hoping the name change, pitched by Portsmouth resident Erin Carter, will honor Missy while helping to enhance the city’s entertainment sector.

Missy, birth name Melissa Arnette Elliot, was born at the Portsmouth Naval Medical Center. She attended Woodrow Wilson High School and graduated in 1990 before officially launching her music career.

The star has since been praised for her production, foresight, music and creativity, earning a slew of honors, including VMAs, Grammys, BET Awards and, most recently, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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