Janet Jackson the first black woman to win 'Billboard Icon Award'

Anita Lyons
Lifestyle & Entertainment Producer

Janet Jackson has been named the first ever black woman to win the ‘Billboard Icon Award’.

After celebrating her 52nd birthday earlier this month as well as celebrating the 25th anniversary of the album ‘Janet’, the OG diva, accepted her award following a captivating performance on stage.

Janet accepts her award for the ‘Billboard Icon Award’. Source: Getty

Janet took to the microphone after a standing ovation and extra loud applause.

“Thank you Billboard,” she said, while the crowd repetitively screamed her name.


“I’m deeply humbled and grateful for this award,” she started, before moving onto talking about the Me Too movement.

“I believe that for all the challenges, for all our challenges, we live at a glorious moment in history,” she said.

“It’s a moment where at long last, women have made it clear that we will no longer be controlled, manipulated or abused.

Janet on the red carpet for the Billboard Music Awards, 2018. Source: Getty

“I stand with those women and with those men, equally outraged by discrimination who support us in heart and mind, this is also a moment, when our discourse is loud and harsh.”

Janet went on to thank God for her gifts.

“So again, I want to thank all of you for this honour, and I thank God for giving me the precious energy to let me live my life as an artist who every single day seeks to expand my capacity to love.”

Janet striking her infamous pose during her medley performance at the Billboard awards. Source: Getty

The star has been out of the award show circuit for a while now. In fact this is her first performance in nine years.

At the Billboards alone, between 1990 and 2001, she picked up an impressive 18 nominations and won 10 of them.

Janet is currently on her ‘State of the World’ tour. Source: Getty

The Unbreakable singer is currently on her State of the World tour, with 11 new tour dates recently added, and became a first time mum to baby boy, Eissa Al Mana, in January 2017.

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