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Janet Jackson to receive icon award

HONOURED: Janet Jackson

JANET JACKSON is a staple in pop culture - and now the music legend will receive a prestigious award at this year's Billboard Music Awards.

Dick Clark Productions and NBC announced the news on Monday (May 7) that Jackson will be receiving the coveted Icon Award, which recognises singers' contributions.

Along with receiving the honour, Jackson is also scheduled to deliver a highly-anticipated performance, which will be her first on television in nine years. She joins the likes of Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion and Cher to receive the award.

Jackson has dominated the US Billboard charts since the 80s, thanks to a string of chart-topping hits including That’s The Way Love Goes, I Get Lonely and All for You.

The multiplatinum superstar will also kick off another leg of her State of the World Tour in July.

Kelly Clarkson will be hosting the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, which will broadcast live from MGM Grand Garden Arena on Sunday, May 20 at 8 p.m. ET /5 p.m. PT.

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