Janet Jackson is back!
"My heart is so full. Thank you God for making everything -- anything -- possible," Jackson said to a crowd full of cheering fans. "I'm so grateful for the support you've always given me. To my beautiful mother, and my beautiful father ... and to my entire family, your love is unbreakable."
It was Jackson's first public appearance in nearly two years, and while some fans were disappointed that she didn't actually perform, the audience was treated to a star-studded tribute to her career before she took the stage.
Tinashe, Ciara, and Jason Derulo were among a number of big names who honored the icon with a splashy, impressive performance.
Before the awards kicked off, ET caught up with Ciara on the red carpet, where the 29-year-old singer expressed how excited she was to be part of the tribute.
"You know, I've won a Grammy - and that was one of the coolest things that's happened in my career," Ciara explained. "But this [tribute] is one of those ones that adds the icing to the cake, you know?"