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Janet Jackson was honored at the Billboard Music Awards with the Icon award and gave the performance everyone was waiting for.
When Miss Jackson enters the building, bow down and pay attention.
There’s no doubting that Janet Jackson is an Icon and Billboard honored her tonight by officially bestowing the title with the Icon award.This marked her first televised performance in nine years and on top of that, it was the first time she has performed since becoming a mom. Bruno Mars had the honor of presenting Janet with the award which was proceeded by a montage of her career highlights and accomplishments which includes18 Billboard nominations and 10 wins. Then Janet hit the stage with a medley of some of her classic and new hits.
Between the iconic dance moves and the fashion, Janet’s performance did not disappoint. She was joined onstage by the winners of her Dance with Janet competition who were hand selected out of 75,000 dancers who auditioned. Members of the Jackson family including the matriarch herself, Katherine Jackson, Janet’s eldest sister Rebbie and Rebbie’s son Austin Brown were all in the house to celebrate Janet. Following the performance she gave a beautiful acceptance speech saying QUOTE – “I’m deepy humbled and grateful for this award. I believe that for all the challenges, all of our challenges, we live a great moment in history. It’s a moment that at long last women have made it clear that we will not be controlled, manipulated or abused. I stand with those women and those men.” Janet went on to thank her faith saying QUOTE – “My prayer is that weary of such noise, we will turn back to the source of all calmness, that source is God. Everything we lack, God has in abundance: compassion, sensitivity, patience and boundless love. 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 day seeks to expend my capacity to love.”
An award well deserved and overdue. What did you guys think of Janet’s performance and her receiving the Icon award? Sound off in the comment section below and then click over to the left for a recap of all the winners. Thanks so much for watching Clevver Newsfeed, I’m your host Drew Dorsey, don’t forget to hit that subscribe button and I’ll see you next time.
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