Janet Jackson stands up for women's equality at Billboard Music Awards

Doris Richards
May 22, 2018

She concluded, "No one from my mgmt reached out to me about attending billboards or about the award, and no one from my family did either".

Performing on TV for the first time in nearly a decade, Janet Jackson was at the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday night to accept the magazine's Icon Award - the first African-American woman, as presenter Bruno Mars noted, to receive this award.

She then accepted the Icon Award, becoming the first-ever black woman to receive the honour. "She's a humanitarian. She's a powerful woman".

Clarkson, who has spoken out before against gun violence, talked about how she was from Texas. The band's new album, "Love Yourself: Tear", sold 1.44 million pre-order copies before its Friday release, and the "Fake Love" music video gained 41 million views on YouTube within 24 hours.

Swift received a total of five nominations, including the top artist category for which she was up against Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran.


Janet, and the Jackson family in general, have not had much of a history of explicitly aligning themselves with social or political causes.

Luis Fonsi was passionate when he picked up top Hot 100 song for Despacito, the biggest hit of the past year, which also included Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber. "ALWAYS. There is nothing more or less than that, that you need to know". "This goes out to my Latino brothers, the immigrants.to all of those when they say 'Speak English, ' this goes out to you". "We want to dedicate this award to Avicii", said Andrew Taggart, adding that the Swedish musician "inspired all of us, influenced our music".

Camila Cabello won the chart achievement award and also won over the crowd with her performance of Havana, as audience members Mila Kunis and Rebel Wilson sang along and danced happily. So in lieu of an opening monologue, Clarkson transformed herself into a living jukebox to perform all the past year's hits with most of their original artists witnessing her magic in the audience.

"I understand that some you feel some sort of connection or need to be a part of our lives considering you watched us grow up", she acknowledged.

Kelly Clarkson tearfully called for a moment of change, instead of a moment of silence for the victims of a school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas, at the opening of the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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