Janet Jackson Bags Billboard Icon Award

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"I appreciate any and every person reading this and I'm grateful for everything in my life, positive and negative", she concludes. It's not working. Why don't we not do a moment of silence? "I'm a Texas girl and my home state has had so much heartbreak over this past year - and once again, y'all, we're grieving for more kids that have died for just no reason at all".

The youngest of the legendary Jackson musical family, Janet Jackson gave her first televised performance in nine years at the Billboard Music Awards.

"Before we start tonight's show, there's something I'd like to say", Clarkson began as tears began to well up in her eyes. "It's a moment, at long last, women have made it clear we will no longer be controlled, manipulated or abused", Janet said. "I stand with those women and with those men equally outraged by discrimination who support us in heart and mind", she said onstage.

Kelly Clarkson will host the three-hour awards show.

Janet shares her niece's thoughts on being a strong woman, showing compassion and being sensitive to others, which she expressed during her acceptance speech.

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Fifty-two-year old Jackson was awarded because of the influence of her almost 40-year career which spans television and music, earning her 35 awards and over 100 million record sales. Whenever their name was mentioned, or when the camera panned to the band members, the audience erupted - some even holding fan made signs.

BTS' highly anticipated Love Yourself: Tear the second part of its Love Yourself series, is the group's third full-length album.

Ed Sheeran, who didn't attend the show but performed from Dublin, won the night's biggest honor - top artist - besting Mars, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift. I understand that some of you feel some sort of connection or need to be apart (sic) of our lives considering you watched us grow up. ALWAYS. There is nothing more or less than that, that you need to know, ' she wrote. "This goes out to my Latino brothers, the immigrants ... to all of those when they say 'Speak English, ' this goes out to you".

"He will be missed", Taggart said. "And ARMYs out there, you guys, your words keep us going and keep us striving!" he added. BTS also performed "DNA" at the American Music Awards in November a year ago, marking its first USA awards show performance.

Salt-N-Pepa closed the show with high-energy, performing the hits "Push It" and "Whatta Man" alongside R&B group En Vogue and even Clarkson.



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