Janet Jackson, has paved the way for many, she was the original formation to rhythm and dance. The hot new mom and entertainer will receive the Icon Award at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. The honor recognizes an artist’s cultural impact, both inside and outside of the music industry; previous recipients include Neil Diamond (2011), Stevie Wonder (2012), Prince (2013), Jennifer Lopez (2014), Céline Dion (2016) and Cher (2017). Jackson will also take the stage and perform. From 1990 to 2001, the singer earned 18 Billboard Music Award nominations, winning 10 times.
This will be Jackson’s first televised performance in nine years.
Jackson will join previously announced musical acts BTS, Camila Cabello, Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa and Shawn Mendes. Kelly Clarkson will host the event at Las Vegas’ MGM Grand Garden Arena. NBC will broadcast the ceremony live Sunday, May 20, beginning at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT.
Ariana Grande will be opening act that night.
Janet Jackson shows no sign of slowing down this year, after receiving her award. Ms. Jackson will be busy this summer. Last month, the singer announced she would be extending her State of the World Tour by adding 11 dates to her North American concert series.
A six-time Grammy Award winner, Jackson has sold over 160 million records worldwide. Her No. 1 hits include “Again,” “All for You,” “Black Cat,” “Doesn’t’ Really Matter,” “Escapade,” “Love Will Never Do (Without You),” “Miss You Much,” “That’s the Way Love Goes,” “Together Again” and “When I Think of You.” Jackson’s last album, Unbreakable, was released in late 2015.