Janet Jackson Surprises Missy Elliot with Essence Award

Janet Jackson Surprises Missy Elliot with Essence Award

By Bri Taylor


It is no surprise that Janet Jackson and Missy Elliot have been close friends for over a decade. On Thursday (Jan. 28), Janet surprised Missy by presenting her with the Visionary Award at the Essence 9th Annual Black Women in Music Award in New York.

Although Missy knew she would be honored at the event, she didn’t know who would be delivering her award. Missy was soon drawn to tears as she realized her close friend was delivering her recognition speech. Janet surprised her by flying out to New York while touring in the UK to present her with the award.

“Not only have you made your mark, but [you’ve] done so with boldness and courage,” said Janet as she praised Missy’s talents and accomplishments. She went on to commend Missy for clearing the path for new generations and inspiring them to follow their passions.

It is apparent that their friendship is not just music, but they are genuine friends. Missy even appeared on stage with Janet in December during Janet’s final stop of her 2017 tour. The two have collaborated on multiple tracks together from Janet’s hit singles “Someone to Call My Lover”, “Son of a Gun” and “Burnitup.”

When Missy took the stage, she encouraged the women in the crowd to believe in themselves. She then followed by saying, “You gotta believe in yourself. Because there are going to be times that people tell you you can’t do it or you don’t look the part, but I am a walking testimony,” according to the Daily Update.

Missy later posted a video on Instagram with the caption, “#IMGRATEFUL @janetjackson that you would fly over from the UK while on tour to present me with the @essence Award last night of course I’M A BIG BABY & I COULDN’T STOP CRYING TEARS of HAPPINESS our SISTERSHIP has lasted over 17 years!”

Brionna is a Dallas based writer whose works can be found at D Magazine, Okayplayer, Black Fitness Today, Global Rap Demand and the Dallas Morning News. Follow her on twitter at BrionnaT_.

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