Janet Jackson gave her first television performance in nearly a decade at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards, where she became the first black female to receive the Icon Award.
Actor Samuel L. Jackson narrated the singer’s career history, and he said of Janet’s legacy, “She is the celebration of everything female.”
And right after that historic narration, Janet came on stage to give the audience and viewers at home a performance of a lifetime with a stunning medley of “Nasty,” “If,” and “Throb.”
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Afterwards, the mum of one son powerful acceptance speech in which she voiced her support for the women of #MeToo.
Here is an excerpt from her speech, which tied her message back to her faith:
“I believe that for all our challenges, we live in 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 time when our public discourse is loud and harsh. My prayer is that weary of such noise, we turn back to the source of all calmness. That source is god.”
— Billboard Music Awards (@BBMAs) May 21, 2018