Janet Jackson Becomes First Black Woman To Receive Icon Award

Janet Jackson has been in the public eye for over 40 years now and at last night's Billboard Awards, she got the honor she deserves. 

The 52-year-old superstar is now the first black woman to receive the Billboard Icon award.

Past award recipients include Prince, Stevie Wonder, Cher, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion and Jennifer Lopez.

Jackson showed her appreciation during her acceptance speech, saying, "I'm deeply humbled and grateful for this award. I believe that for all the challenges, for all our challenges, we live in a glorious moment in history." 

Then, referencing the Me Too movement she continued, "It’s a moment when at long last woman 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."

In addition to receiving the award, Jackson treated us to an exciting performance of her 1986 hit "Nasty" and 1994's "Throb." Despite this being her first televised performance in over a decade, she didn't disappoint. 

Did you see Janet's performance? What did you think?

 
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