Legends: They're talented. They're inspiring. They stand the test of time. But true legends are also really, really rare. Which makes indisputable icons like Janet Jackson all the more precious.
In Janet Jackson's world, the best way to celebrate a chart-topping, genre-defining, multiple-decade-spanning career is, naturally, to put out yet another bound-to-be-incredible album (due out this fall), and mount yet another highly-anticipated tour (the Unbreakable World Tour, which kicks off in August).
Last night, the BET Awards honored Jackson's accomplishments with its first-ever Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award. Naturally, the JJ party involved a huge, delectably dance-y performance set to Janet classics. Masterminded by a team of choreographers including Gil Duldulao, JaQuel Knight and Galen Hooks, it featured not only Jackson's amazing team of tour dancers, but also her friends Ciara, Tinashe and Jason Derulo. (Ciara's Janet impression is almost eerily on-point.)
(From left) Derulo,
Janet Jackson Ciara and Tinashe nailing it (Mark Davis/BET/Getty Images for BET)
Our only regret? Jackson didn't perform. But she did make a lovely, gracious acceptance speech. And she came out looking like this, which is basically the equivalent of a mic drop:
I mean. (Mark Davis/BET/Getty Images for BET)
Watch the whole performance: