Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for EssenceJanet Jackson is so iconic, she moved Missy Elliott to tears.
Thursday night, the “Together Again” star surprised Missy by presenting her with Essence magazine’s Visionary Award at the 9th annual Essence Black Women in music event in New York City.
During the special moment, Janet gave a heartfelt speech that, as evidenced in a post on Missy’s Instagram account, brought tears to her eyes.
Janet began in her speech, “I’m grateful for how she stood toe-to-toe with the guys, showing them that a woman can do it all. Take charge, lead the way, innovate and create without fear.”
She went on: “Grateful for how she has cleared the way, the path for new generations of young talent that follow. And I’m so very grateful for her loyal friendship that has meant more to me then she could ever know.”
Janet’s speech was met with applause from the audience and happy tears from Missy.
In the caption of the Instagram post, Missy writes, “#IMGRATEFUL @janetjackson that u would fly over from the UK while on tour to present me with the #BlackWomenInMusic @essence Award last night of course I’M A BIG BABY & i COULDN’T STOP CRYING TEARS of HAPPINESS.”
The “Work It” artist continues, “our SISTERSHIP has lasted over 17 years! Your [sic] the definition of REALNESS/HUMILITY/CARING/INSPIRING/UPLIFTING/FIERCE/BOLD/RISKTAKING/BLACK STRONG & BEAUTIFUL oh & RICH Girl u know I had to throw a joke in it. but I LOVE you sis for always being there for me from Day 1 thank u @essence for the love u showed me I am Humbly Grateful.”
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