Missy Elliott brought the house down at Monday’s MTV VMAs as she accepted the Video Vanguard Award, and while she had many famous fans cheering her from the crowd and beyond, one “true friend” of the rap icon is definitely worth noting.
Janet Jackson made a video that pretty much defines what friendship means in under two minutes. “I had a few more things to say Jack 😉 💜,” Janet wrote on Instagram, revealing her nickname for Missy.
“Hey, Jack,” Janet says in the clip, before playfully crossing her eyes. “Hey, Jack, listen. Everybody I know is talking about how much of a genius and how brilliant you are, and it’s all true. It really is. And how much you’ve accomplished, and how iconic you are. It’s all true.”
Janet went on to say that while Missy was receiving well-deserved praise for her talent and innovation, she also wanted to talk about how “beautiful” Missy’s soul is.
“The person that you are,” Janet continued. “You know how much I love you, and your soul is so true and so real. And your energy and your spirit is beyond. I think that’s why God has given you all that he has.”
In addition to calling her pal “brilliant” and “fabulous,” Janet expressed her love and forever fandom. She then thanked Missy for being herself and a “loyal, wonderful friend.”
Janet also admitted that she can count her true friends in the industry on one hand, but she would definitely call Missy one of them.
Missy posted the heartfelt shout-out on her own Instagram, confessing that she teared up while watching it!
“yes and Janet NICKNAMED me JACK 🤣😂🤣,” she wrote in her caption.
Missy’s social media love didn’t just start there. When Missy announced she would be receiving the honor at this year’s VMAs, her celebrity fans and collaborators from Solange to Timbaland expressed their pride.
“So freakin proud of you sis!!” Ciara commented on Missy’s Instagram post. “God is so good! There’s no one like you!”
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