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“We Live in a Glorious Moment in History.”

 

 

Janet Jackson, 52, took the stage for her 1st performance in nearly a decade before receiving Billboard’s Icon Award, a 1st for a black woman.

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Bruno Mars introduced a montage video of her impressive career, spanning 4 decades.

The video touched on her family’s humble beginnings in Gary, Indiana, her foray into acting in the 1970s, & her turn to music at age 16.

Jackson hit the stage in a sparkling gold sweatshirt dress and shiny gold thigh-high shoes singing “Nasty”, “If” & “Throb.”

 

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“For all our challenges, we live at a glorious moment in history. It’s a moment when women have made it clear that we no longer will be controlled, manipulated or abused. I stand with those women and those men equally outraged by discrimination. …I thank God for giving me the precious energy that lets me live my life as an artist who every single day seeks to expand my capacity to love.”

Janet Jackson's Acceptance Speech
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Jackson joins a group of iconic winners of Billboard's award which began in 2011, including Neil Diamond (2011), Stevie Wonder (2012), Prince (2013), Jennifer Lopez (2014), Céline Dion (2016) & Cher (2017). 

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