Janet Jackson presents Missy Elliot with the 2018 Essence Black Women in Music honor

NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES (JANUARY 25, 2018) (REUTERS) – Essence magazine honored Missy Elliot at its 9th annual Black Women In Music on Thursday (January 25).

Janet Jackson made a surprise appearance to present the honor to the four time Grammy winner.

“You’re one of the most genuine people that I have ever known,” said Jackson.

“You bless us with your loving spirit and your smiling heart. So from one friend to another, thank you,” she added.

Veterans in music including Jimmy Jam, MC Lyte and Slick Rick were among those who attended the celebration.