NEW YORK, NY (February 1, 2018) –Jackson Chery and IET Band performed along with Rapsody and Leikeli47 at the 9th annual Essence Women In Music event honoring Missy Elliott. The musical director and band leader thrilled the audience with a spectacular performance.

Jackson also shared the stage with Janet Jackson who made a surprise appearance at the celebration to honor longtime friend Missy Elliott. The entertainment icon, who was just announced as headliner for the 2018 ESSENCE Festival, beamed with pride as entertainment industry mastermind and friend Mona Scott-Young brought her to the stage at Manhattan’s Highline Ballroom to celebrate her long-time friend and musical collaborator.

Speaking with words that were a true testament to the authenticity of Elliott’s genius, while also sharing glimpses of the magic embedded in their decade-long friendship, Janet’s words were straight from the heart.

“Creativity is a beautiful thing,” she said. “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.” Watch a clip of the incredible moment below.

Among the celebrities in attendance were Janelle Monae, T.I. June Ambrose, Fabolous, and “Orange Is the New Black” actress Danielle Brooks who turned out in an Adidas blue track suit in honor of one of Elliott’s many fashion looks over the years.

When accepting her award Elliot stated, “I want all of you women in here to know that you’re beautiful,” she said. “You gotta believe in yourself. Because there are going to be times that people tell you you can’t do it or you don’t look the part. But I am a walking testimony.”

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