Last night was all about Janet Jackson, Ms. Jackson if you’re nasty, as the hit maker was honored with the Icon Award in Las Vegas during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. Her accompanying stage show was the divas first televised performance in over nine months.
Jackson was introduced by pop superstar Bruno Mars, whose music and style has clearly been influenced by the living legend. He was also sure to acknowledge Jackson as “the first black woman to ever receive the Billboard Icon Award.”
“I’m deeply humbled and grateful for this award,” Jackson shared during her acceptance speech. “I believe that for all the challenges, all of our challenges, we live a great moment in history. It’s a moment that at long last women have made it clear that we will not be controlled, manipulated or abused.”
Iconic in their own right, hip hop legends Salt-N-Pepa also took the stage, performing hits like “Let’s Talk About Sex,” and “Whatta Man,” alongside fellow girl group, En Vogue.
— JACQUELINE (@JackieNYC28) May 21, 2018
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.