While paying homage to Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott at the Recording Academy’s Black Music Collective honors ceremony (#BMCHonors), Chloe Bailey came through with a rendition of Aaliyah’s “One in a Million.”
Chloe Sang At The Black Music Collective Honors
The ceremony went down on Thursday evening in Los Angeles, just a few days ahead of the 65th Annual Grammy Awards. Missy—along with Lil Wayne, Dr. Dre, and music executive Sylvia Rhone—were all honored, and Chloe took to the stage to honor Elliott.
The “Have Mercy” singer specifically offered a harmonious rendition of “One in a Million” by Aaliyah, a song that was penned by Missy.
In addition to Chloe performing Aaliyah’s classic, Ciara and Tweet respectively performed “1, 2 Step” and “Oops (Oh My)”—two tracks that featured Missy back in the early 2000s. Talk about a fun blast from the past to honor the Virginia-bred rap icon!
Social Media Reacts To Chloe’s Rendition
As is the case with these viral events, people began expressing their thoughts on social media. Check out what some listeners had to say down below.
Chloe Bailey covering Aaliyah and Missy?? Can you say legendaric? pic.twitter.com/ZyHljNX9fP
— B•R•I is IN PIECES ? (@chloverview) February 3, 2023
Now…. I like Chloe but she better not everrrrrr get on stage and sing Aaliyah again and I’m NOT FUCKIN PLAYIN????????
— Shawnee Easton? (@XBeautyXBrains_) February 3, 2023
they mad bc chloe sings it better than aaliyah ? https://t.co/2wLSklev4z
— s ꨄ︎ (@ilysafari) February 3, 2023
I like Chloe Bailey but she is no Aaliyah lol https://t.co/3ulkB4hirn
— JewJew ? (@yellagurl95) February 3, 2023
It’s not supposed to “sound” like Aaliyah or “give” Aaliyah. It’s CHLOE BAILEY singing! ? She did a fabulous job! ❤️✨ https://t.co/vGdzryqaVD
— ????.❁ | PRAY IT AWAY? (@redforjanet) February 3, 2023
Chloe Reflects On Missy Elliott In Instagram Post: ‘She Inspires Me’
A day after her performance, Chloe took to Instagram to acknowledge the experience with an upload.
The 24-year-old acknowledged that “being able to honor Missy Elliott last night meant everything to [her].” She also noted that Missy is a “trailblazer” who inspired her as both an artist and producer. Notably, she referred to Missy Elliott as a “genius” and hoped that she could “make the same impact on the music industry as she has done.”
She also expressed a warm message for Aaliyah, saying that she’s loved and missed by many.
What do you think of Chloe’s rendition of “One in a Million” by Aaliyah? Additionally, what are your thoughts on the listeners’ reactions?