Teyana Taylor, Normani, H.E.R. Pay Proper Tribute to Janet at BMI Awards

They were a part of the rhythm nation.

If the deaths of Aretha Franklin, Prince, David Bowie, George Michael, Whitney Houston, and Michael Jackson have taught us anything, it’s the importance of lauding our musical legends while they’re still alive to see it. Janet Jackson—in my opinion, one of the most underrated and underappreciated artists we have, especially post-wardrobe malfunction—has finally begun to get her due flowers, thanks in part to a generation of performers who grew up in her mold. Chief among them, glamorous stan and general life goals, Teyana Taylor.

Taylor was part of an all-star tribute to Miss Jackson, who received the BMI Icon Award at the music publishing organization’s R&B/Hip Hop Awards in Atlanta last Thursday. Fellow Janet lover Ciara, who previously participated in a tribute to the singer at the 2015 BET Awards, introduced a dance performance by 411 Dance Group, consisting of 50 kids slaying some classic Janet choreo.

Normani from Fifth Harmony soldiered through “The Pleasure Principle”; H.E.R., one of Janet’s favorite young artists, performed a medley of hits; Empire’s Jussie Smollett told the crowd “That’s the Way Love Goes”; and Taylor closed out the tribute with a spot-on rendition of “I Get Lonely,” complete with a shirt-ripping bra reveal. All the while, Janet was looking on in delighted approval.

Check out the performances below:

411 Dance Group


Jussie Smollett



Lester Fabian Brathwaite is an LA-based writer, editor, bon vivant, and all-around sassbag. He's formerly Senior Editor of Out Magazine and is currently hungry. Insta: @lefabrat