Following a long hiatus from the world of music, Janet Jackson is back and better than ever. The 52-year-old pop icon, who recently unleashed new single Made For Now featuring Daddy Yankee, is currently in the midst of a whirlwind “State of the World” concert tour, and a couple of months ago, took to the stage on national television for the first time in nine years, after accepting the Billboard Music Awards’ Icon Award for her storied, decades-long career. And, at Sunday night’s Black Girls Rock! Awards, the legendary star received recognition yet again for the remarkable impact she has had in the music industry. Dubbed as a “phenomenal woman in music,” Jackson was honored with the Rock Star Award at the ceremony, which took place in New Jersey’s Performing Arts Center in Newark.
For the occasion, the mother to 1-year-old Eissa turned heads in a sheer, floral embellished Christian Siriano gown. She elevated the long-sleeved, floor-trailing gown with a black, spiked body harness for a little silhouette-defining appeal. But it wasn’t just her dress that commanded a double take. Jackson piled her auburn tresses into a sky-scraping, sculptural updo that effectively stole the red carpet. As for her makeup, the All For You singer opted for a sultry, smoky eye and bold brows, which she anchored with a soft, nude lipstick.
Also being honored at the annual awards show, which was hosted by Queen Latifah, was Naomi Campbell. The recipient of the Black Girls Magic Award, Campbell cut a sleek figure in a plunging, pleated, orange gown from Calvin Klein that made for a real fire-starter moment. The iconic supermodel paired her floor-trailing dress with glowy, lit-from-within skin and fuzzy, corkscrew curls.
Black Girls Rock! is an annual award show that was created by former DJ and model Beverly Bond to celebrate the success of black women across different fields. Other 2018 award recipients include Mary J. Blige and Judith Jamison, while Ciara, H.E.R, Amandla Stenberg, Ava DuVernay, and Lena Waithe were all in attendance on the night. The show will be broadcast on BET Networks on September 9.