POP star Janet Jackson has thanked God after being named the recipient of the 2018 ICON Honour at the Billboard Music Awards.
The singer made reference to the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements in her acceptance speech as she expressed support for the women and victims of discrimination, but credits all her success to God.
“This is also a moment when our public discourse is loud and harsh. My prayer is that weary of such noise, we turn back to the source of all calmness. That source is God. Everything we lack, God has in abundance: compassion, sensitivity, patience and a boundless love.”
Jackson, whose last televised appearance was nine years ago, received a standing ovation from the audience. Before her speech, the singer also performed some of her hits like ‘If’, ‘Nasty’ and ‘Throb’.
Jackson is the first African-American artist to receive the prestigious honour.
She added: “God is the greatest healer of all and the most potent force in the universe.”