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Janet Jackson makes history

AWARDED: Janet Jackson (Photo credit: THR)

JANET JACKSON was honoured last night (May 20) at the Billboard Music Awards - and made history as the first black woman to receive the BBMAs Icon Award which has also been given to Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion and Cher.

The star was in attendance at the award ceremony and also performed a medley of hits - including Nasty, If and Throb - before accepting her award.

During her speech, the All For You songstress praised woman who have"made it clear that we will no longer be controlled, manipulated or abused".

She added: "I am deeply humbled and grateful for this award. I feel that for all the challenges, all of our challenges, we live at a glorious moment in history.

"It's a moment when at long last women have made it clear that we will no longer be controlled, manipulated or abused."

Referring to the allegations of sexual harassment that have rocked the entertainment industry and the #MeToo and Time's Up movements that have risen to combat them, Jackson said: "I stand with these women and with those men who are equally outraged by discrimination, who support us in heart and mind."

This marks one of Janet's rare public appearances, and celebrity fans couldn't contain their excitement.

On Twitter, Missy Elliot said: ".@JanetJackson dats my friend dats my friend dats my friend!DATS????????MY????????FRIEND!!!???????????? nah all jokes aside you already know I’m PROUD OF YOU! & this wasn’t just given to you YOU WORKED HARD & TRULEY DESERVE THIS! ????❤️"

Other BBMA winners on the night included Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Luis Fonsi, and Bruno Mars.

The quartet picked up the bulk of the honours at the ceremony, which was a mix of emotional tributes and activism, blasts from the past and show-stopping performances.

Kendrick was a six-award winner, clearing up most of the rap trophies, while Bruno took home the R&B honours, and Sheeran picked up the Top Artist of the Year and Top Male Artist awards among his six-award haul, and Fonsi collected a handful of trophies for his crossover hit Despacito.

There were also multiple wins for Imagine Dragons, The Chainsmokers, Chris Stapleton, Luis Fonsi, U2, and Taylor Swift, who was named Top Female Artist.

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