JANET JACKSON RECEIVES ICON AWARD, PERFORMS AT BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS



Janet Jackson entered the history books as the first black woman to receive the Icon Award at Sunday’s Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. 

 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 52-year-old entertainer opened with “Nasty” on a lit-up platform 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 launched 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 “Throb” off 1993’s Janet, which just celebrated its 25th anniversary.