Janet Jackson Performs, Receives Icon Award at BBMAs 2018
She’s in control! Janet Jackson performed two of her biggest hits before being honored with the Icon Award at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, May 20.
The music legend, 52, took the stage at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas for her first TV performance in nine years. Clad in a long gold shirt and matching boots, she ran through “Nasty” and “Throb” while impeccably mastering high-energy choreography.
Bruno Mars then presented Jackson with the coveted award, which was established in 2011 and handed out in previous years to performers such as Neil Diamond, Prince, Jennifer Lopez and Cher. She is the first black woman to receive the honor.
“For all our challenges, we live at a glorious moment in history. It’s a moment when women have made it clear that we no longer will be controlled, manipulated or abused,” she said during her acceptance speech. “I stand with those women and those men equally outraged by discrimination. … I want to thank all of you for this honor. 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.”
Jackson’s appearance at the BBMAs came just days after the publication of her new Billboard cover story, in which she reflected upon the massive success of her four-decade career and her ongoing State of the World tour.