Janet Jackson pledged her support for abused women and gender discrimination as she accepted the 2018 Billboard Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, NV on Sunday.

Janet Jackson

Jackson, 52, became the first black woman ever to be honored with the Billboard Icon Award.

"I am deeply humbled and grateful for this award. I believe that for all the challenges, for all our challenges, we live at a glorious moment in history," she said, according to WENN.com. "It's a moment when at long last women have made it clear that we will no longer be controlled, manipulated or abused.

Jackson also pledged her support for men who take a stand against gender discrimination.

"I stand with those women and with those men equally outraged by discrimination who support us in heart and mind."

Jackson surprised some members of the television audience as she invoked God during her acceptance speech. Many assumed she had converted to Islam after marrying her now ex-husband, Wissam al Mana, who is Muslim.

"This is also a moment when our public discourse is loud and harsh," she continued. "My prayer is that waery of such noise, we turn back to the source of all calmness. That source, that source is God."

She added: "Everything we lack, God has in abundance: compassion, sensitivity, patience and a boundless love. So again, I want to thank all of you for this honor. I thank God for giving me the precious energy to live my life as an artist, who every single day seeks to expand my capacity to love."

Her passionate speech was greeted by a standing ovation from the audience, which included her sister LaToya Jackson and mom Katherine Jackson.

Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

  • iWasteTime

    I missed this and has nothing!

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    This is why I don't want to touch my face.....(plastic surgery).......Janet's cheeks are saggy, her nose needs a touch up, lines under eyes, and the (old lady) neck........Janet's looking kinda spent these days....even with the weight loss....

  • Rayne

    The way this summer looking in the CHI, we gonna be wearing turtlenecks and rain boots ? with our maxi dresses. Lol

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Janet Janet Janet ... ?????? I freaking love me some Janet chile ... Well deserved .... With her slaying azz .... Bout time... ? ?

  • Soda

    Where's it written that she's supposed to stay forever young looking? Let her live.

  • Intellectual by Nature!

    Janet has always been an activist and advocate. Nothing new ?.

  • Kiss

    Actually LaToya Jackson was not there last night. It was Rebbie Jackson and Katherine Jackson there with a family member. I thought Janet did amazing .I feel like Jennifer Lopez took over thethe night using Janet Jackson 90s choreography and look from the video all right mixing Michael Jackson Smooth Criminal.

  • Kiss

    I was not sure but that Janet use Got Her speech. Because will she first came out as a married woman she warm or closed because of the Muslim belief. Now since she is divorced she dress like the old Janet. The 80s her album Rhythm Nation was album as well as the album she talked about feminist, and equal rights

  • tia

    Without the make up, Janet is much prettier. She looked really good last night. Congrats on your accomplishments Janet!!

  • Phillybruh

    only when she doesn't have the baby. When she has the baby she is dressed modestly. I don't think the divorce is final yet.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    Janet does no wrong ok

  • mona q

    OR she is just growing old gracefully and has decided not to do anymore surgeries. SMDH

  • Intellectual by Nature!

    Really? I was underwhelmed by J. LO and I usually like her performances (the dancing, not the singing ?).

  • AmericanDream

    Janet is proof that a good diet and physical exercise does a body a good , you can talk about plastic surgery all you want , but I’m of the belief that plastic surgery only works well with people who have a good life hygiene. Go Janet !!

  • Phillybruh

    I felt like She could have done Rhythm Nation at least. Other than that. I get too see the full show again at Essence. When she doesn't have 40+ dancers all she needed was her SOTW kids.

  • KcoolMuziq

    STFU.......

  • FukkFolks2018

    Congrats!

    Happy belated mi amor Damita Jo. My first everything. Girl crush. Dance idol. All of it. Love you much and cant wait until August 1st to see you for the 5th time ???

  • KcoolMuziq

    U will be Amazed! Janet(whom I worked with) still got it.

  • Ni Ni

    I was watching Mtume's Unsung last night (had no idea he wrote so many hit songs) & turned to the Billboard awards just in time to see Janet perform. I felt her show was just getting started when it ended. Her red carpet outfit was really cute. I was a bit annoyed by her constantly stroking that horse hair during her acceptance speech though.

  • Ang

    JLo's performance looked like she literally mixed Rhythm Nation and Smooth Criminal...but in a sloppier way than a Jackson would do it. I was not impressed. That's exactly why she's not a real legend. Just an imitator.

  • Joy King

    I stumbled across Mtume's Unsung by accident. Honestly, I knew nothing about him but so happy I caught his episode. I was most impressed with how he had no desire to market his music to white people. Basically saying he didn't need them to win. I always wonder why some black people are so pressed to be accepted by white people, especially if they're not going out their way to be accepted by us. Let me be clear, there are a lot of wonderful people of all races, including white but self love is the most important and I love being black. I also really liked when he said, you have to know when to leave the stage because if you don't, the people will let you know and he never wanted to be called stale so he left the stage. LOL

  • FukkFolks2018

    I'm amazed every.single.time. I love her so much. My fellow Taurean spirit animal!

  • Kanyade

    Love her. All awards to her are well-deserved. What a legacy.

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    Make me......lmao

  • Joy King

    You're absolutely right. I saw Janet up close and in person a few years ago and television doesn't do her justice. This woman is so beautiful in person and in a very youthful way. Her nose job also doesn't appear so harsh like it does in pictures when wearing a lot of makeup.

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    Did I say that. I just made a observation. IDC who agrees or not.

  • Bossy704

    Madonna, Mariah and J-Lo could take a note on how to look youthful and age-appropriate. Not a huge Janet fan but I will say she looks amaze and is wearing the no pants trend with class.

  • Ni Ni

    Lol yeah that was funny. I like that he checked the video director about having all those white people in his video. He wanted to have majority of the people that actually bought his music in the video. I love that he loves his people.

  • Kayke

    Go janet! You're the best.
    As a kid I wanted to grow up to be a back up dancer for you lol.

  • stav

    Janet and those triangular nostrils!

  • Pitty Patty

    I was most impressed with how he had no desire to market his music to white people. Basically saying he didn't need them to win. I always wonder why some black people are so pressed to be accepted by white people, especially if they're not going out their way to be accepted by us.
    ________________________________________
    Slave mentality. Black folks desire to be accepted by massa.

  • Phillybruh

    Then why respond?

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    That could be true. I'm not against plastic surgery at all. The thing is once you start touching your face, you kinda have to keep doing it because you can only keep hiding the effects of aging for so long. They (other celebrities) start messing with their faces so early that the skin looks rubbery in the later years. Im praying my Melanin does it's thang.....

  • Vonn

    I thought that was Rebbie sitting with the mother.

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    Because I don't get off until 3pm so I got time. If someone comments under mine I will pick and choose if I want to respond. Opinions are just like ASSHOLES, everybody got one.

  • Joy King

    Exactly!!

  • Soda

    Actually, you did. ?

  • Jussjess25

    Janet aged is starting to show. But she still looks good. I want her to change her look a bit, and start to look more refined.

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    Well Congratulations then....You just won the grand prize!!!!!!.....I must of gave you something you wanted because you responded to me........Right......Oh okay.....Smile

  • Miss Thang

    So will she be helping Beyonce out of her abusive relationship?

  • Soda

    Yes, you "must of."?

  • Pitty Patty

    You funny....

  • Phillybruh

    You picked her apart then got triggered when someone responded saying you don't care all the while your tone says you do. But oh well.

  • Pitty Patty

    UGHHHHHHHH. Don't make me cry.

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    AGAIN, I made a observation as it relates to the Plastic Surgery we ALL know she has had. I am a woman who has had work done myself so I would never judge another woman's choice to "cut" so don't try that. My statement was related to plastic surgery and the effects of it as a person ages.....You tried it tho......lol

  • Sally Wright McLinn

    Hmm....I don't think she pledged support - which means she's going to give money and work for the cause. She said that she stands with and supports women....I doubt she was in an abusive marriage. More like emotional abuse because she was marrying into a Muslim culture that puts women second.

  • bemetoo

    Beyonce who???

  • bemetoo

    too many nose jobs

  • Ang

    Janet is a real amazing, legendary, influential artist. Hearing them read off her stats and accomplishments last night really made me miss the days of artists doing their thing and letting their work speak for itself. Janet truly earned the title "The Blueprint" because she is the example every female artist after her has followed. JLo showed that last night with her choreography that was a (kind of sloppy) mixture of Rhythm Nation and Smooth Criminal. When people are copying...I mean "inspired by" your moves over 20 years later, you are a true game-changing legend. I love that Janet has been amazing since the 1980s but she never had to talk about her own greatness or tell people to bow down, we admired her on our own. Bruno literally bowed down last night. Everyone admired her beauty without her constantly telling us how beautiful she was. That's how you do it.

  • KcoolMuziq

    "This is why I don't want to touch my face.....(plastic surgery)"

    LIES!

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    I've had work done to my body, Not my face.......Smile for the Camera!!!!! lmao

  • Ang

    Beyoncé and Tina are somewhere saying "that's great we love Janet but they're going to be saying that about Beyoncé one day." But, you can't manufacture or buy that list of acccomplishments and stats. The crowd couldn't stop cheering Janet. That's what it looks like when people praise you because they actually want to not because they just don't want to deal with your obsessed Hive.

  • Logan Roberts

    There's room for both ladies.

  • KcoolMuziq

    Janet still looks and sounds AMAZING for a woman of 52(which she doesn't look anywhere near it).Then to pull off having a baby in her FIFTIES while being abused by her husband also!

  • Cats Gold

    I liked that Janet did not say I am the first Black so and so unlike Beyonce.Janet keeps race out of it.

  • Pitty Patty

    That's what it looks like when people praise you because they actually want to noy because they just don't want to deal with your obsessed Hive
    ----------------------------------------
    So unnecessary and uncalled for. You can't get mad at Beyonce cause her fans go hard for her. IMO I think Janet is a legend. Is she better than Beyonce no. (cause Janet can't really sing. She can hold a tune or carry a harmony, but sing, she can't) But I'm not saying she didn't pave the way for Beyonce and others. And you are got damn right. In 15 years Beyonce will celebrated like this with even MORE accolades admiration.

    Get off Beyonce nuts and let bitch live. Everybody so mad.

  • Ang

    There's always room for every artist who earns it. But, some stand out from that pack much more than others. The ones who understand that and genuinely earn it are the ones who don't talk about themselves nonstop.

  • Pitty Patty

    So you mad at Beyonce for acknowledging her blackness?

  • Logan Roberts

    Who helped Janet?

  • Joy King

    I love J Lo's style but she's been a Janet Jackson imitator since day one. Didn't she start out as a backup dancer for Janet? No shade one of the things I respect about J Lo is her hustle but she based her entire music career as a bootleg Janet and it has gotten her very far.

  • Phillybruh

    If she can carry a note and harmony than technically she can sing. I mean does Beyoncé really sing or scream and yall just don't know the difference...lol

  • Logan Roberts

    Girl these folks be acting like some of these celebrities did something to them in real life.

  • Ang

    Uncalled for? This is a comment section to give opinions. I'm entitled to give mine like everyone else. What I said is a fact.

    "And you are got damn right. In 15 years Beyonce will celebrated like this with even MORE accolades admiration."

    Sorry, but that's not true. Beyoncé is talented. I'll always give her that. I never said she wasn't BTW. But, her accomplishments and stats are not what people think they are based on the way the media and her stans obsess over her. She's no where close to having what janet (and some of her contemporaries) have achieved. In order to be there in 15 years she would need to have already sold a lot more albums. And for some things, like having one of the most successful debut tours like Janet is already too late. Facts are facts. That's why Bey fans don't like them.

  • Yui
  • Ang

    lol I forgot about that. I haven't followed JLo's music career beyond her major hits. I like her movies more than her music and performances. You're right, she was Janet's backup dancer. I remember her in the That's The Way Love Goes video. She did hustle and has come a long way.

    https://78.media.tumblr.com/57648c1fe93b9e88be1a99b4dde7ad58/tumblr_inline_mmuguc2CkJ1qz4rgp.jpg

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    Come on Janet. Miss Jackson if you nasty!! I Luhhh Ha...

  • bemetoo

    Chile I know I'm surprised I was the first one

  • i troll it like i see it

    Beautiful Janet!?

  • Ang

    It was

  • i troll it like i see it

    While being abused by her husband?! God I hope not.

  • Kemi

    I love Janet and she was very well spoken last night. I wish she could leave her face alone! She’s a legend and don’t need to prove nothing to nobody!

  • Yui

    I think it’s the way her makeup artist drew on those eyebrows. Totally cat person.

  • Kemi

    I know, I cringed a lil when I saw on the stage...her hair was pulled too tight too...

  • KcoolMuziq

    Beyonce Knowles has had nose jobs herself among other things.

  • oshh16

    I went through her discography yesterday myself starting at the gym with my earliest favs as a lil girl , "Fast Girls" and "Come Give Your Love To Me " had them on 45's, up and through the 90's, 2000's, to her current work. Glad I came up in the era (Prince, Mj etc) I did as I have a true all around appreciation is all I can say.

  • Phillybruh

    I don't think he was abusing her, but I think he wanted her to hang up being Janet Jackson and she said Naw, that's who you married and she was probably a bitch instead of baby from that point on.

  • i troll it like i see it

    I can see that happening.

  • Peter Piper ATL

    Did Janet and LaToya get their plastic surgery done on the toy aisle at Target?

    That's a really stretched old face. And she appears to be wearing surgical stockings.

    Janet, your time has come and gone sweetie. We still love you but honey, this ain't 1988.

    There's a seat waiting for you outside in the hallway Jan, boo.

    Go sit down on it.

  • Tay Gee

    Y'all betta put some respeck on her name!!!! #Motha #DamitaJo

  • Phillybruh

    lol. what did Janet do too some of yall. Some of the comments are bit hurtful, but I guess that comes with the internet these days.

  • Dove Amerie

    She looks CRAY

  • Tammie Reed

    I LOVED everything about her tulle look on the red carpet but it was irking my nerves because I wanted to reach through my tv screen and fix her ponytail! It needed to be fuller or something! It would have completed her total look, but that's my OCD kicking in lol!

  • Peter Piper ATL

    I like Janet. But she looks scary, be honest Philly.

  • Phillybruh

    She's getting older, but she doesn't look scary.

  • Quitedeliteful

    Janet looks good!!!

  • Miss Thang

    lol

  • Miss Thang

    after 15 years of being in the spotlight?lol

  • Marlika

    I wish she would lay off the plastic surgery. But it’s imbedded in her brain to get it to try and look youthful. Look at Papa Joe if he gets one more plastic surgery ?????

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    Ok I thought I was the only one who noticed since no other poster had mentioned it.
    It's sad that these black women are following white women to the plastic surgeon and looking like some type of beast post-surgery.
    Janet looked good after her pregnancy but now she has the cat-face.

  • mona q

    I agree with you on that.

  • disqus_DxKO3ThTGI

    Now, have you seen Gladys Knight face lift? Now, her Doc is A1 with the knife. Her face lift literally shaved 10 years off her. I have never seen Gladys look this good in my years. Now, when I get older and I if I don't like my face/neck I will look for G's surgeon......lol....sad but true.

  • Liah

    ????

  • Rico768

    to be only 51 she looks bad. sorry that skin stretch across her cheeks highlights the wrinkles under the eyes. her and Cher to old for the cooci shorts....
    but love some old school janet

  • mona q

    I have but she is saying she hasn't had any work that it is all makeup and diet. I don't understand the lies about it. If you are going to do it, just own it! I can't say that I will never have anything done because I do face yoga daily and am always focusing on my neck area...I can't say never...

  • bemetoo

    yes that is true

  • Cats Gold

    Will you be mad at Taylor Swift acknowledging her whiteness? what are you talking about?

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    I love Janet. Despite what people say, she didn't become a star because she is Michael Jackson's sister. She is an icon, because she is a talented entertainer who worked her ass off to what she got!

  • BadAss Will

    Latoya was there? I only saw Debbie and Katherine. I love Janet. But that hair do ?

  • rachel

    Can she breathe? Same nose "issue" as her brother Michael.

  • Logan Roberts

    I never really got the hype with Janet ole whispering singing behind.

  • Logan Roberts

    He gone die ?

  • Logan Roberts

    And Janet whispers.

  • Logan Roberts

    Fuc these folks, say what you want to say & give no explanation ?

  • Allihave2say

    Janet looks like a caricature of herself. She needs to stop the bleaching and the face chopping. Her music has always been ok to me because I'm not a fan of whisper singing. I know Joe didn't let them talk as loud as he did the big forehead outside baby, but sing louder!

  • Joy King

    If people say that, then they're delusional. If all it took was being MJ sibling to be a star, then Latoya, Rebbie, Jermaine and the rest of them would've been icons too but Janet is the only one.

  • Misslaydj

    Saw her latest concert and she KILLED it!! STRAIGHT hits!! I don't like when folks wanna do new songs. Play what we know. I mean even the husbster was jammin' So impressed I wanna see it again.

  • http://bitchbecomesher.com Tasha Nicole

    she needs to leave her face alone.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Love both fits.
    HATE. HATE. HATE her cheeks. Never liked them.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Because I don't get off until 3pm so I got time.

    SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!!!!

  • http://welfareinfo.org angrysolo

    i have a theory, that in addition to psychological issues that make you want to have your face prodded, stuffed and injected that once you start, you have to continue with routine maintenance or else the work you already had done degrades and looks worse as a result. a vicious cycle. not to mention aging etc.

  • Trace da Ace

    GET IT JANET!!!!!

  • parisjok

    please stop with the plastic surgery. love her song love can't do without you song and video

  • parisjok

    love that she did not come out trying to dance like she was still 22 years old. her dancing has slowed down to match her age and she had a hundred dancers backing her up so we would not notice that much

  • parisjok

    lets not try to act like her super famous super talented world famous late brother who looked so much like her did not help her rise to fame because it did. she grew up from a baby watching them practice work practice work their way to fame and fortune.

    she had a talent but also other stuff going for her that had nothing to do with her being a so called great singer which she never was. she had people working with her that was more talented than herself like her amazing songwriters that bought out the very best in her