Janet Jackson To Give Her First TV Performance in Nine Years As She’s Honored With Billboard’s ICON Award
The worlds favorite girl has a birthday coming up, May 16th to be exact and she is getting ready to be rewards for her works on May 20, 2018 at the Billboard ICON Awards. May 20 marks an exciting day for fans of Janet Jackson. The pop singer will give her first television performance in nine years at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. NBC just announced Jackson will be the 2018 recipient of the Billboard ICON Award.
The award, which was established in 2011, recognizes artists who make a cultural impact within and outside of the music industry. Jackson will join the ranks of Jennifer Lopez, Cher, Céline Dion, Prince, Stevie Wonder and Neil Diamond who are all past honorees of the award.
Although no stranger to the stage, the “Control” singer is hitting a televised stage for the first time in almost a decade, so we’re sure to be in store for an iconic performance. In April, the 51-year-old announced she was holding open auditions to join her J-Tribe dance team. That same month, the mother of one also declared she was extending her State of the World tour, adding summer dates across the U.S. In addition, she is set to headline the ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans in July.
According to Billboard’s official press release, this will be Jackson’s 11th Billboard award honor. She has been nominated 18 times and taken home 10 trophies. The “So Excited” songstress has also earned more than 100 No. 1s on Billboard’s charts in her career, spent more than 300 weeks at No. 1 and is one of only four artists to have a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 in each of the last four decades. She’s also the first woman to debut in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 with “Scream,” her duet with brother Michael. Lastly, she is the only artist to have seven tracks from the same album land the top five spots on the Hot 100 hits with Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814.
Obviously, this award is well-deserved. Some would even call it overdue.
Written by: Malinda Janay