Janet Jackson was honored with the BMI Icon Award at The BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards in Atlanta last Thursday night (Aug. 30). The ceremony took place at The Woodruff Arts Center's Symphony Hall, where they celebrated the best songwriters, producers and music publishers in R&B and hip-hop of the past year.
Janet Jackson’s tribute was kicked off with a Ciara-introduced dance performance by 411 Dance Group, a group of 50 kids from the various states in the South, choreographed by Sean Bankhead who has worked on routines with Jackson throughout the years.
The night also featured notable tribute performances by H.E.R, Normani, Justine Skye, and Jussie Smollet. Teyana Taylor closed out the performances with a steamy rendition of Jackson's hit song "I Get Lonely" before a surprise appearance from Missy Elliott who made a surprise appearance and spoke on her relationship with the singer.
Jackson joins a famed group of previous BMI Icon Award recipients, including Snoop Dogg, Babyface, Patti LaBelle, James Brown, and many others.
Leland Wayne, professionally known as Metro Boomin, took home the award for producer of the year for the third time in a row, in addition to winning the award for songwriter of the year for his work on Big Sean's "Bounce Back," Post Malone's "Congratulations" and Future's "Mask Off" and others.