She’s Back! Janet Jackson Performs, Gives Emotional Speech at BBMAs as First Black Woman to Receive Icon Award

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LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 20: Recording artist Janet Jackson perfroms onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

It’s all for her!

Janet Jackson graced the Billboard Music Awards stage to receive the prestigious Icon Award on Sunday in Las Vegas. Not only was the moment her first television performance in nine years, but it was also the first time she has performed as a mom.

Bruno Mars surprised fans taking the stage to introduce Jackson. He rattled off her accolades and following a moving montage of her life and career — from the Jackson family’s humble beginnings in Gary, Indiana to her global chart-topping success—  he ended his intro naming her “the first black woman to ever receive the Billboard Icon Award.”

Jackson hit the stage in a sparkling gold sweatshirt dress and shiny gold thigh-high shoes as she sang her 1986 hit “Nasty,” as her mother Katherine and other family members, including nephew Prince Michael, beamed from the audience. Jackson launched into her 1993 song “Throb”, everyone from Tyra Banks to Ciara couldn’t help but sing and dance along.


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