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Janet Jackson Salutes Victims of Abuse and Discrimination at Billboard Awards, Winners List

by Newsdesk & VVN Music

Janet Jackson pledged her support for women who have suffered abuse and discrimination as she accepted the 2018 Billboard Icon Award on Sunday (20May18).

The mother of one was introduced by Bruno Mars, who listed her multiple achievements, ahead of a montage of her career highlights, before Janet took to the Las Vegas stage to perform a medley of her hits Nasty, If, and Throb in a gold knit sweater dress and matching gold boots, which she accessorised with Maasai beaded necklaces and bracelets.

She then accepted the Icon Award, becoming the first-ever black woman to receive the honour.

"I am deeply humbled and grateful for this award. I believe that for all the challenges, for all our challenges, we live at a glorious moment in history," began the star, according to Access Online. "It's a moment when at long last women have made it clear that we will no longer be controlled, manipulated or abused.

"I stand with those women and with those men equally outraged by discrimination who support us in heart and mind."

Janet, who was thought to have converted to Islam when she married her now-estranged husband Wissam Al Mana, then asked the audience to "turn back to... god" among all the harshness of the current climate in society.

"This is also a moment when our public discourse is loud and harsh," she continued. "My prayer is that weary of such noise, we turn back to the source of all calmness. That source, that source is god.

"Everything we lack, god has in abundance: compassion, sensitivity, patience and a boundless love. So again, I want to thank all of you for this honour. I thank god for giving me the precious energy to live my life as an artist, who every single day seeks to expand my capacity to love."

Her passionate speech was greeted by a standing ovation from the audience, which included her sister LaToya Jackson and mom Katherine Jackson.

The winners:
  • Top Hot 100 Song - "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee featuring Justin Bieber
  • Top Billboard 200 Album - DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  • Top Selling Album - Reputation by Taylor Swift
  • Top Soundtrack - Moana
  • Top Artist - Ed Sheeran
  • Top New Artist - Khalid
  • Top Female Artist - Taylor Swift
  • Top Male Artist - Ed Sheeran
  • Top Streaming Songs Artist - Kendrick Lamar
  • Top Streaming Song (Audio) - "Humble." by Kendrick Lamar
  • Top Streaming Song (Video) - "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
  • Top Song Sales Artist - Ed Sheeran
  • Top Selling Song - "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
  • Top Radio Songs Artist - Ed Sheeran
  • Top Radio Song - "Shape of You" - Ed Sheeran
  • Top Duo/Group - Imagine Dragons
  • Top R&B Artist - Bruno Mars
  • Top R&B Male Artist - Bruno Mars
  • Top R&B Female Artist - SZA
  • Top R&B Tour - Bruno Mars
  • Top R&B Album - 24K Magic by Bruno Mars
  • Top R&B Song - "That's What I Like" - Bruno Mars
  • Top Rap Artist - Kendrick Lamar
  • Top Rap Male Artist - Kendrick Lamar
  • Top Rap Female Artist - Cardi B
  • Top Rap Tour - Jay-Z
  • Top Rap Album - DAMN. by Kendrick Lamar
  • Top Rap Song - "Rockstar" by Post Malone featuring 21 Savage
  • Top Country Artist - Chris Stapleton
  • Top Country Male Artist - Chris Stapleton
  • Top Country Female Artist - Maren Morris
  • Top Country Duo/Group Artist - Florida Georgia Line
  • Top Country Tour - Luke Bryan
  • Top Country Album - From a Room: Volume 1 by Chris Stapleton
  • Top Country Song - "Body Like a Back Road" by Sam Hunt
  • Top Rock Artist - Imagine Dragons
  • Top Rock Tour - U2
  • Top Rock Album - Evolve by Imagine Dragons
  • Top Rock Song - "Believer" by Imagine Dragons
  • Top Latin Artist - Ozuna
  • Top Latin Album - Odisea by Ozuna
  • Top Latin Song - "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee Featuring Justin Bieber
  • Top Dance/Electronic Artist - The Chainsmokers
  • Top Dance/Electronic Album - Memories...Do Not Open by The Chainsmokers
  • Top Dance/Electronic Song - "Something Just Like This" by The Chainsmokers & Coldplay
  • Top Christian Artist - MercyMe
  • Top Christian Album - Precious Memories Collection by Alan Jackson
  • Top Christian Song - "What a Beautiful Name" by Hillsong Worship
  • Top Gospel Artist - Tasha Cobbs Leonard
  • Top Gospel Album - Heart. Passion. Pursuit. by Tasha Cobbs Leonard
  • Top Gospel Song - "You Deserve It" by J.J. Hairston & Youthful Praise
  • Top Social Artist - BTS
  • Top Touring Artist - U2
  • Chart Achievement Award - Camila Cabello
  • Icon Award - Janet Jackson