Living legend Janet Jackson was honored with the Icon Award at the 2018 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, at the Woodruff Arts Center Symphony Hall in Atlanta on Thursday, Aug. 30.

The superstar was presented with the Icon award during a surprise appearance from rapper Missy Elliott, who celebrated the “Black Cat” singer by giving a speech peppered with her song lyrics, according to WENN.com.

BMI presented the Icon award to Ms. Jackson “in recognition of her extraordinary career achievements, countless contributions and her rich catalog of music and artistry that transcends generations”.

The 52-year-old was also feted at the Radio Disney Music Awards, the Billboard Music Awards and, earlier this week, the Black Girls Rock! Awards.

BMI also paid tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, who died earlier this month following a battle with advanced pancreatic cancer, aged 76. Her star-studded funeral is currently underway in Detroit, Michigan.

The organization noted that the Queen of Soul “was part of the BMI family for 50 years” before gospel singer Tamela Mann sang “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” and “You’ve Got a Friend” in recognition of the icon.

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  • Unhappy Customer

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  • Indies beauty

    Did BMI rebrand? They used to be very ratchet back in the days.

  • bemetoo

    girl why would you go get blond braids

  • AphroKween

    I’ve never posted on SR website so here it goes. Please stop spreading lies!!
    Liberians are Africans and honey other Africans do not hate Liberians. Vent about your hair ms unhappy customer but please stop spreading lies.

  • Unhappy Customer

    We are African but hated because we are closer to African Americans so you are the liar.
    It’s too late because MANY AFRICAN AMERICANS KNOW THAT YOU HATE THEM. I was always confronted about this fact and I got tired of making excuses.

  • SpiceGirl

    just WOW @Unhappycustomer609:disqus

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  • AphroKween

    Honey, new flash!! You are African and that Liberian accent has nothing to do with African American.

  • Unhappy Customer

    You are the one spreading lies. Why would I make up something like that? Come on now! Don’t try to make it as if this isn’t common knowledge that Liberians are hated because we are close to African Americans we went back you demon!

  • SpiceGirl

    ummm when did you hear her accenttalk?

  • Unhappy Customer

    I don’t have an accent, Dear I am a proud Liberian American.

  • AphroKween

    I know what they sound like.

  • SpiceGirl

    oh…ok….carry on….this is beginning to be entertaining at the moment here at work…..

  • AphroKween

    Be proud but stop spreading lies. You can’t speak for all blacks regardless of where they’re from. I hope you find some resolution regarding your hair.

  • SpiceGirl

    Hun have a great day and weekend and holiday…I hope it works out for you

  • SpiceGirl

    all righty then…..im team natural curly hair…and my hair dresser is a POC……and I like my edges right were they are……..

  • Toni Madison

    She looks beautiful!

  • Dahl

    Nice! But that look…

    https://i.gifer.com/KWi4.gif

  • MoniquetheGeek

    Congratulations Janet Damita Jo Jackson! She deserves all the awards and accolades! She looks so amazing.

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  • Skin Deep Beauty

    This post has been derailed. PLEASE CONTACT THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU!

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    HARPO WHO DID PERSON WITH ALL THIS COMPLAINT?

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    I LOVE JANET!

  • Tammie Reed

    It was a great event!

  • dontgetblocked

    She went from Grammys to this….

  • missmiami305

    This is a better look Janet.

  • the chosen one

    She looks a hot azz mess. That a$$ of a nose needs to go.

  • Jussjess25

    Yass she looking like her old self real quick. She was looking horrible the past few days

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Well deserved ????

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    She was. I hated those Mr. Spock brows

  • Jussjess25

    Exactly lmfaooo

  • ?? ?ee?? ???

    She giving me Halloween skull face with that eye makeup. ?

  • Malcom Flex

    We just lost Aretha. Fools dissing her standard Hollywood ‘work’ would be falling out if Miss Jackson pased.

  • Malcom Flex

    What TF is wrong with you posting that here?? Flagged.

  • Faithz

    Congratulations Janet.

  • Kimocha

    Well deserved… Love me some Janet!

  • Kimocha

    I DO believe this because they took out my hair over 10 years ago and my hair hasn’t ever came back! I can tell they were hating on me when I was sitting in that damn chair… They were talking in their own language and was laughing, joking and carrying on… I was just too young, naive and scared to say or do anything back then… But Yes! I believe her!!

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  • Waya Hedia

    Ooo! A silver popcorn bowl!

  • KcoolMuziq

    My baby is racking up the well deserved Awards this year.I’m so proud of her. After being WRONGLY blacklisted for YEARS after the not even that serious Superbowl incident. Madonna has done far worse, Still they unnecessarily ask her back to do horrible tributes to black icons.
    .Smh

  • Rhyme and Reason

    That’s what I said, too, like wow…the last few appearances and pics were awful and weird-looking!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    I love Janet, and have the utmost respect for her artistry and musicality!

    Here’s an artist, singer, songwriter, dancer and actress with whispery vocals with a VAST music catalog [classic, timeless music] that we don’t see today! “I Get So Lonely” and “Son of Gun” are still big faves and never gets old!

    Janet didn’t just make hits, she made real music, designed the blueprint for the video artist/performer!

  • Cara

    What’s up with the hair? Just too much hair.

  • Jussjess25

    Yass

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Kway with the green hair has a new best friend, Lala. He hangin’ with Janet now and don’t hear nuffin you heaux have to say.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    this…BMI is one of the top performance rights organizations. They collect the money for licensing of music, performances, use of the music in commercials, etc. So, “to this…” has been around for well over 50 years. ASCAP and SESAC are the other two majors.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    Tammie do you have a blog or something?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Tammie’s blog is talkingwithtami.com.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Janet is no one’s best friend. Best believe that.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    she looks cute in that pic.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    thanks. I will check it out.