Edges snatched courtesy of @JanetJackson! #BBMAs pic.twitter.com/zVnrW1VW7W
— ESSENCE Festival (@essencefest) May 21, 2018
The Billboard Music Awards were packed with the music industry’s biggest and brightest talents on Sunday night, chief among them Janet Jackson. After witnessing performances from artists like Ariana Grande, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato, the audience got to see Jackson — who picked up the night’s Icon Award — hit the stage for her first televised performance in nine years.
After rocking the stage with her incredible performance, @JanetJackson accepts the 2018 #BBMAs Icon Award! #ICON_JANET pic.twitter.com/S7nDbrGJQI
— Billboard Music Awards (@BBMAs) May 21, 2018
The 52-year-old superstar’s medley of hits like “Nasty” and “If” ended up being one big party, with many of the audience’s biggest celebrities getting to their feet to scream-along to the performance (we see you, Andy Cohen and Tyra Banks!). While accepting her award shortly after, she said she was “deeply humbled,” and gave a powerful speech about how women will “no longer be controlled, manipulated, or abused.” She added, “I stand with those women, and those men equally outraged by discrimination who support us in heart and mind.”
Watch it all go down above!