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Missy Elliott and Janet Jackson’s friendship knows no bounds.

Last night, Jackson flew to New York from London for the night to surprise her bestie of 17 years with the Essence Black Women in Music Visionary Award.

Before handing Elliott her award, Jackson paid tribute to her friend with an inspiring speech: “Some act, some choreograph, some write hit songs, some create whole new sounds, some women are able to make their mark in one of these fields, but there’s only one woman who has made her mark in all these fields,” Jackson said. “Not only have you made your mark, but she’s done so with boldness and courage.”

The Visionary Award recipient was deeply moved by Jackson’s words and took to Instagram to express her gratitude.

Snaps for friends supporting fabulous friends.

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