Watch: Janet Jackson Surprises an Emotional Missy Elliott With Essence 'Visionary' Award [Video]

Janet Jackson made a surprise appearance at Essence’s 2018 Black Women in Music event to present her good friend and collaborator Missy Elliott with the magazine’s Visionary Award.

“Some rhyme, some rap. Some act, some choreograph. Some write hit songs, some create whole new sounds. Some women are able to make her mark in some of these fields, but there’s only one woman who has made her mark in all of these fields,” Janet told the audience at the Highline Ballroom in New York City on Thursday, January 25.

“Not only have you made your mark, but she’s done so with boldness and courage.”

“That was a surprise,” a visibly emotional Elliott said. “I’ve known Janet over a decade and this is not just someone I do music with. I can call Janet any time of night and she will listen. The times that I may have felt like giving up, she’s always gave me an encouraging word.”

The morning after, Missy took to Instagram to recap the special moment.

“#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 COULD’NT STOP CRYING TEARS of HAPPINESS our SISTERSHIP has lasted over 17 years! Your 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.”

Take a look at Missy’s post below!

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