The musical stars were aligned as four-time GRAMMY winner Missy Elliott was honored at the 2018 Essence Black Women in Music celebration.
Presented in partnership with the Recording Academy, Essence honored Elliott with the Visionary Award during the ninth annual event, which celebrates Black women's extraordinary contributions to music.
Held at the Highline Ballroom in New York City, the evening was marked by stellar
performances by Brooklyn-native Leikeli47 and GRAMMY-nominated rapper Rapsody. But the highlight of the night was a surprise appearance from five-time GRAMMY winner Janet Jackson, who presented Eliott with her award.
"Creativity is a beautiful thing," shared Jackson. "And when creativity flows so freely from a musical genius, all we can do is express gratitude. I am so grateful for Missy's beautiful soul."