Janet Jackson is a living legend.
Last night at the MTV EMAs, the global icon honoree delivered a powerful three-song medley of “Made For Now,” “All for You” and “Rhythm Nation.” And the performance was accompanied by drummers, torch carriers, pyrotechnic explosions and dozens of dancers.
While receiving the global icon award, Jackson spoke about the culture of silence, how women have been intimidated and violated, and why such culture must be challenged.
“I feel moved to speak for women’s voices who have been stifled,” said Jackson in a powerful acceptance speech. “I am one of those women. Women who have been gagged, both literally and emotionally. Women who have been abused. Women who have been intimidated. Women who have lived in fear. I stand with you. You are my sister.”
She continued, calling for women to speak out for justice and the “spirit that crosses all borders, recognizes the dignity of all people and affirms the beauty of all faiths. Speak out for acts of true charity, small and large. Speak out for an all-embracing love because its love that will heal our wounds.”
Watch her speech below.