Janet Jackson Accepts Billboard ICON Award Performs Medley Of ‘Nasty’, ‘If’ & ‘Throb’
Following an introduction from Bruno Mars and a career retrospective, Ms. Jackson took the stage for a dance-heavy medley of hits. As her mother Katherine and sister Rebbie looked on, the chart-topping entertainer opened with “Nasty” in the middle of the arena.
“No, my first name ain’t baby,” she said before asking the audience, “What’s my name y’all?”
Glowing in all gold, she and her dancers transitioned into the dance breakdown from “If” as Ciara and Tyra Banks looked on. As more and more dancers joined her on stage, she ended with club kids themed “Throb” off 1993’s Janet. which turned 25 this past week.
Janet Jackson – “Nasty,” “If,” and “Throb”
Following the performance, Janet accepted the Billboard ICON Award and delivered a powerful speech. “For all our challenges, we live at a glorious moment in history,” said Janet. “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 by discrimination.
“My prayer is that weary of such noise, we turn back to the source of all calmness. That source is God. Everything we lack, God has in abundance. Compassion, sensitivity, patience, and a boundless love.”
Watch her speech in full below.