Meet Holly Maniatty, the internet's latest hero

She stole the show from the Wu-Tang Clan and has signed for the Beasties and The Boss; now the internet can't get enough of sign language interpreter Holly Manniatty.

Meet Holly Maniatty, the internet's latest hero

The internet has given us many unlikely heroes, and none more so than Holly Maniatty, who stole the show from the Wu-Tang Clan during a music festival in the US recently.

Holly, a professional American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter from Portland, Maine, is one of a team of ASL interpreters employed at the annual Bonaroo festival in Tennessee.

Her job is to interpret performances for deaf patrons attending the festival, and a 30-second clip of Holly bringing it in front of the Clan has gone viral, introducing legions to the little-known subtleties of hip-hop for the hearing impaired.

WATCH: Holly giving it socks with the Wu-Tang Clan:

(AminS via YouTube)

So impressed were the brothers Wu with Holly's dedication to her craft - yes, there is a sign for motherf*cker - that group member Little Mike hopped down to join her for some freestyling (she kept up) and Method Man made sure to give her a hug.

Since then the clip has gone viral, with Holly's story picked up by multiple US news blogs and the footage being featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Born in Vermont, Holly studied ASL in university and got her first break in the music industry at a Marilyn Manson concert, she told Slate Magazine.

Since then she's signed for artists as diverse as Phish, the Beastie Boys and Bruce Springsteen, below, who was also in awe of her skills at a New Orleans gig in 2012.

(harryspero·via YouTube)

Each show requires a phenomenal amount of research and preparation. Before signing for Wu-Tang, for example, Holly spent "about 50-80 hours" studying their music and researching the Brooklyn crew's background.

"We watch a lot of videos on them performing live," she told Vice.

"We do a lot of research on where they came from and in the process of that, learning where they move on stage, and how they hold their body… It’s a lot about your body, the persona, and the gesticulation of the persona in your work".

Wu-Tang rapper Killer Mike said he was "honoured" to have witnessed Holly in action - it had never even occurred to him that the group would have deaf fans.

“You wonder how they can even keep up,” he told Slate.

“That's an art form; that's more than just a technical skill.”

We agree.

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