In what might be one of music and entertainment mogul Janet Jackson’s most overdue awards, the Jackson family heiress accepted the honorary 2018 Icon Award after smashing the Billboard Music Awards stage on Sunday evening (May 20).
Janet rocked the crowd with just two songs, but timeless classics, from her decades-long vault: “Nasty” and “Throb.” Complete with her high-powered dance troupe, Damita Jo busted out ravishing moves across her dazzling, multi-tiered stage set that kept television viewers and every set of eyes in the audience clung to the Queen of Pop.
After the performance, R&B’s funk-soul connoisseur Bruno Mars had the privilege of presenting Janet with the prestigious accolade, which she humbly accepted with a laudable speech that radiated the essence of real music royalty. And at 52 years young, Miss Jackson’s first awards performance of 2018 proves that not only is she aging like fine wine, but so is her vocal, dance and stage prowess as well.
52 years young and still going strong, Bless Janet Jackson! pic.twitter.com/PKZgbS0cGE— Ramadan Mubarak (@JediDanny89) May 21, 2018
Love you! Miss Jackson STILL got it! So excited you are back! pic.twitter.com/vfsiYv2zzt— Tamara R. (@IAFlyGirl95) May 21, 2018
YASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! pic.twitter.com/rNk9eJi31T— Lois Lane (@LittleMsLoisL) May 21, 2018
That’s the look you make when they remind you that you’re 52, but you remind them you just swept the #BillboardMusicAwards like you’re 21. @JanetJackson #JanetJackson #Dammit pic.twitter.com/4TbgGuUsE8— BLACK CONSERVATIVE (@blackrepublican) May 21, 2018
WHERE WAS CONTROL?! WHERE WAS RHYTHM NATION?! WHERE WAS THAT’S THE WAY LOVE GOES?! WHERE WAS ALL FOR YOU?! WE NEEDED MORE. QUEEN JANET NEEDED A LONGER TIME SLOT. FUCK Y’ALL! pic.twitter.com/Xt3tUgodid— 🥥🗡 (@NYNEBAWL) May 21, 2018
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