Janet Jackson Will Receive the ICON Award at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards

The global superstar will also perform on the BBMAs stage, which will be her first on television in nine years!

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For the first time in nine years, Janet Jackson will return to our televisions for one of the highest honors yet — the ICON Award at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards.

The global superstar joins the likes of previous ICON Award recipients that include Cher, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Prince, and Stevie Wonder. Talk about an accomplishment!

2018 BBMAs – Complete Coverage

In addition to receiving the award onstage, Jackson will also deliver a “highly anticipated performance that will be her first on television in nine years,” Billboard shared in a press statement.

Janet Jackson has earned more than 100 No. 1s on Billboard’s charts in her career, spending more than 300 weeks at No. 1. She’s also one of only four artists to have a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 in each of the last four decades, as well as the first woman to debut in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 (with “Scream,” her duet with brother Michael).

Hosted by Kelly Clarkson, the 2018 BBMAs will air LIVE from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 20th @ 8PM ET/5PM PT on NBC.

Get hyped for Janet’s performance by listening to Billboard’s special playlist featuring all of her classics:


Written by Juliet Schroder

Juliet is the founder and executive producer/host of Celeb Secrets and Celeb Secrets Country. When not reporting on the latest news in pop culture and country music, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, and exploring the latest fashion trends.

Juliet holds a B.S. in marketing from St. John's University.