Janet Jackson Honored With Billboard 2018 ICON Award

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Janet Jackson was honored at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards with the ICON Award on Sunday. The event, held in Las Vegas, saw the singer become the first black woman to receive that award.

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The singer walked the red carpet.

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The singer performed before accepting her award. It was her first tv performance in nine years.

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The award was presented by Bruno Mars.

During her acceptance speech Janet referenced the #metoo movement as well as encouraging people to turn to God:

“Thank you Bruno. Thank you Billboard. I am deeply humbled and grateful for this award. I believe that for all the challenges, for all our challenges, we live at a glorious moment in history. It’s a moment when at long last, women have made it clear that we will no longer be controlled, manipulated, or abused. I stand with those women and with those men equally outraged by discrimination who support us in heart and mind. This is also a moment when our public discourse is loud and harsh. My prayer is that, weary of such noise, we turn back to the source of of all calmness. That source, that source is God. Everything we lack, God has in abundance. Compassion, sensitivity, patience, and a boundless love. So again, I want to thank all of you for this honor. And I thank God for giving me the precious energy that lets me live my life as an artist who every single day seeks to expand my capacity to love.”

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