Janet Jackson attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Photo: Dave Kotinsky (Getty Images for BET)

The ceremony won’t be televised until Sept. 9, but on Sunday night at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, N.J., black girl magic was on full display as an array of our established and future icons hit the red carpet for Black Girls Rock! 2018.

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Honorees Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Naomi Campbell, Lena Waithe, Tarana Burke and dance legend Judith Jamison were all in attendance, looking incredible alongside host Queen Latifah and luminaries like Ava DuVernay, Misty Copeland, Cynthia Erivo, Yolanda Adams, Amandla Stenberg and young activist Naomi Wadler.

Queen Latifah and Mary J. Blige attend the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Photo: Dave Kotinsky (Getty Images for BET)

And of course, the ladies brought lewks: Naomi was glorious in vibrant orange, while Mary J. made a sleek statement in leopard printed knit. And fresh off the smash debut of her latest single “Made for Now,” Janet Jackson was on hand to accept her “Rockstar” award, wearing a spike-and-studded harness accessorized gown by Christian Siriano, keeping it comfortable for the ceremony in platform combat boots.

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Of course, Black Girls Rock! is the brainchild of executive producer, founder, author and legendary DJ Beverly Bond—literal holder of the trademark for “black girl magic”—who showed up on Sunday’s red carpet glistening in low-cut gold and sporting freshly cropped and feathered hair that has us seriously considering our next big chop.

Creator and Executive Producer of BLACK GIRLS ROCK! Awards Beverly Bond attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Photo: Paras Griffin (Getty Images for BET)

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Who else was in attendance? As always, we’ve compiled a roundup of all the black girls who rocked this year’s red carpet for your viewing pleasure. Just consider it a little appetizer in advance of the show, which will air on BET on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 8 p.m. EDT.

Honoree Naomi Campbell speaks onstage during the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Show at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Creator and Executive Producer of Black Girls Rock! Beverly Bond attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Honoree Lena Waithe attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Host Queen Latifah attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Honoree Mary J. Blige attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Honoree Tarana Burke attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Honoree Janet Jackson attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Ava DuVernay attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Honoree Judith Jamison attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Ciara attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Storm Reid attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Amandla Stenberg attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Misty Copeland attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Cynthia Erivo attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Naturi Naughton attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Amanda Gorman attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Angela Simmons attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Stephanie Mills attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Eboni K. Williams attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
WHO ROCKS NEXT honoree Dorothy Jean Tillman attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Pre Dinner at Nico Kitchen & Bar on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Merle Dandridge attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Leomie Anderson attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Naomi Wadler attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Symone Sanders attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Mareena Robinson Snowden attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Riele Downs attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Kyla Pratt attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Skai Jackson attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Yolanda Adams attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Deborah Joy Winans attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Lil Mama attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Tamia attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Jazmine Sullivan attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Victory Boyd attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.
Honey German attends the Black Girls Rock! 2018 Red Carpet at NJPAC on August 26, 2018 in Newark, New Jersey.