NEWARK, NJ - AUGUST 26: Singer-songwriter and Rock Star Award recipient Janet Jackson attends 2018 Black Girls Rock! at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage)

Janet Jackson Dazzles at Black Girls Rock!: The Best Photos

Queen Latifah, Naomi Campbell, and more turn out for BET's annual girl-powered gala.

There was no lack of star power at the Black Girls Rock! event on August 26. But one of the brightest in the constellation had to be Janet Jackson. The pop legend was on hand at the Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey, to collect the Rock Star Award in a stunning, intricate, navy-blue Christian Siriano gown accented with a dramatic vertical braid and some tantalizing, if somewhat terrifying, nail art. The annual event — which celebrates black women in all fields — will air on BET on September 9. Here, a closer look at Jackson and more of the A-list attendees.

Jackson gave a preview of her gown on Instagram and revealed the secret underneath: her no-nonsense, black platform boots:

NEWARK, NJ - AUGUST 26: Singer Janet Jackson attends the Black Girls Rock! Red Carpet at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Aaron J. Thornton/FilmMagic) Aaron J. Thornton/FilmMagic FULL LENGTH Floating down the red carpet. NEWARK, NJ - AUGUST 26: Singer-songwriter and Rock Star Award recipient Janet Jackson speaks on stage during the 2018 Black Girls Rock! at New Jersey Performing Arts Center on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage) Gilbert Carrasquillo/WireImage AT THE PODIUM Jackson accepting the Rock Star Award. She's currently on the second leg of her State of the World tour and, earlier this month, she released her single "Made For Now," a collaboration with Daddy Yankee.

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