Janet Jackson Honors Missy Elliott at ESSENCE’s 9th Annual “Black Women In Music”

The star-studded event was all in celebration of four-time GRAMMY winner Missy Elliott

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: Honoree Missy Elliott speaks onstage at the Essence 9th annual Black Women in Music at Highline Ballroom on January 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Essence)

We’re only a few days away from the GRAMMY Awards and ESSENCE kicked off the weekend in a big way! The number one media company for African-American women held it’s 9th annual Black Women In Music event. This year the event celebrated the accomplishments of four-time GRAMMY winner Missy Elliott.

Rapper Rapsody performs onstage at the Essence 9th annual Black Women in Music. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Essence)

The event was held at New York City’s Highline Ballroom and included performances from Rapsody¸ whose album Laila’s Wisdom is nominated for 2 GRAMMY Awards, and recording artist Leikeli47. Other attendees included Danielle Brooks, Ty Hunter, MAJOR, Justine Skye, Janelle Monae, T.I., Tank, Fabolous and more – who were all their to celebrate their friend and music icon Missy Elliott.

Janet Jackson speaks onstage at the Essence 9th annual Black Women in Music. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Essence)

The moment everyone is talking about is the surprise appearance by five-time GRAMMY winner, Janet Jacksonwho came to support and present ESSENCE’s 2018 Back Women in Music honor to winner Missy Elliott.

Honoree Missy Elliott speaks onstage at the Essence 9th annual Black Women in Music. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Essence)

Check out highlights from the red carpet:

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 25: Actress Danielle Brooks attends the Essence 9th annual Black Women in Music at Highline Ballroom on January 25, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/Getty Images for Essence)