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#BBMAs Icon Janet Jackson Performs a Medley of ‘Nasty,’ ‘Throb,’ and ‘If’

Janet Jackson was honored with the Icon Award at tonight’s Billboard Music Awards. During the show, Ms. Jackson took the stage to perform a medley of fan-favorites from catalog: “Nasty,” “If” and “Throb.”

Jackson opened with “Nasty,” the 1986 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 from Control. Janet or Ms. Jackson, if you’re nasty prowled the stage in a shimmery gold pullover and thigh-high boots. Asking the crowd, “Get the point? Good! Then let’s dance,” she blessedly delivered the song’s iconic line to the audience’s joyous response.

Then the sultry, dirty horn riff of her acid house classic “Throb” kicked in (Andy Cohen was loving it) and she delivered a high-energy run-through of that janet single. She also worked in some of the music and choreography of “If” from the same LP (which just turned 25) before wrapping up and accepting her Icon Award with a moving speech about compassion, love and God.

“I’m deeply humbled and grateful for this award,” she continued. “I believe for all our challenges, we live at a glorious moment history. It’s a moment when, at long last, women have made it clear that we will no longer be controlled, manipulated or abused. I stand with those women and with those men equally outraged who support us in heart and mind. This is also a moment when our public discourse is loud and harsh.”    

Jackson ended her speech by thanking God, and telling fans that “everything we lack, God has in abundance.”

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