Janet Jackson to Receive Icon Award at 2018 Billboard Music Awards, Will Perform Live on TV for the First Time in 9 Years

Janet Jackson performs after the Dubai World Cup at the Meydan Racecourse on March 26, 2016, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
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Janet Jackson will perform live on television for the first time in nine years when she receives the Icon Award at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards later this month.

Billboard announced earlier today that the 51-year-old entertainer would receive the highly-coveted award, which recognizes an artist’s cultural impact both inside and outside the music industry. Past recipients include Cher, Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, Prince and Stevie Wonder.

Considered one of the most influential recent musical artists, Jackson has won six Grammy Awards as well as dozens of American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards. Her hit-making albums include “Control,” “Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814” and “janet.”

A star of television and film, she has also earned a Golden Globe Award, two Emmy nominations and a nomination for an Academy Award.

Jackson recently returned to the concert stage for her “State of the World” tour after giving birth at age 50 to her first child, Eissa Al Mana, with ex-husband Wissam Al Mana.

Last month, she hosted a worldwide open call for dancers to aid her in what she said are “some really cool upcoming projects.”

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SOURCE: ABC News, Luchina Fisher