Proud Moment When Singer, Jacket Jackson Became The First Black Woman To Receive The Billboards Icon Award
Award-winning Singer, Janet Jackson received the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards which held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 20, 2018, in Las Vegas.
Delivering a speech where she called out discrimination and the importance of women speaking out against abuse, the 52-year-old singer became the first black woman to receive such prestigious honour.
Receiving the award, she said:
“I believe that for all the challenges, for all our challenges, we live at 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 or mind.
Our public discourse is loud and harsh. 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 expand my capacity to love.”
A retrospective documenting Jackson’s career followed, with clips of her appearance as a kid on The Carol Burnett Show to highlights of her breakout hits. Jackson then took the stage, performing “Nasty” from 1986’s Control and “If” and “Throb” from Janet.