In a moment of one queen paying homage to another, VH1 Big In 2015 honoree Taraji P. Henson accepted her award for Big TV Star from living legend Debbie Allen.
The actress-choreographer-director praised Henson for her beauty, grace, artistry, and for creating “the image of a mother who will stand in the face of any storm to protect the family.”
When the mic was passed, Cookie Lyon had nothing but praise for Allen:
I have Debbie and her sister, Phylicia Rashad, [to thank] because I really had no money to finish my education. They established this award in honor of their father, Andrew Allen. But you gotta be a triple threat, honey—you gotta act, sing, dance. I won it. And I was six months pregnant.
I couldn’t imagine anyone else presenting me this award tonight, I love you.
Watch the full exchange below.