Janet Jackson surprised longtime friend Missy Elliot when she presented her with a special award at the Essence 2018 Black Women in Music’s Visionary Award. The two have been friends for decades and have completed a number of songs together.
Missy had no idea that Janet would be there, much less that she would be presenting her such a prestigious and meaningful award. Janet spoke very kind and complimentary words about her friend who became visibly emotional as she listened on.
When accepting the award, Missy was quick to proclaim that she and Janet go way back and that the two of them have always had a special bond. She revealed that she can call Janet at any time to vent or laugh or to just catch up because she’s that type of friend and they have that strong of a bond.
Missy said that for as long as she’s known Janet that she’s always had an encouraging word in times of struggle or uncertainty. Janet has a presence and a spirit that Missy seems deeply grateful for. The next day Missy took to social media to commend her friend in a show of appreciation for the act.
#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??thank u @essence for the love u showed me I am Humbly Grateful??
Missy was being honored as a great pioneer in hip-hop music and her producing, writing and charting accolades are copious. So many different attendees spoke about the impact that Missy’s music made in their life when they were growing up.
Orange Is The New Black star, Danielle Brooks said that Missy Elliot was one of her favorite artists growing up and while her mother was very strict regarding the type of music she was allowed to listen to, she always found a way to sneak in some Missy Elliot tracks.
Missy Elliot will obviously go down in music history as a preeminent beat maker with an eclectic style and so many interesting facets to her sound and visuals.
She was one of the first people to really use the music video medium in an elaborately creative manner. One of the finest female rappers that have ever done it, she’s had musical and performance vision for eons.