Janet Jackson To Perform, Receive Icon Award At 2018 Billboard Music Awards

By James Dinh

May 7, 2018

Janet Jackson's music festival circuit will be jumpstarted with the Icon Award at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards, as per a Monday morning (May 7) announcement from Dick Clark Productions and NBC.

For the annual ceremony, which takes place on Sunday (May 20), Jackson will appear before viewers for the big honor, which will see her join previous recipients Neil Diamond (2011), Stevie Wonder (2012), Prince (2013), Jennifer Lopez (2014), Céline Dion (2016) and Cher (2017). In addition to the big title, the industry vet will also perform at the award show, which marks her first televised live performance in nine years. She'll be joined by additional performers, including Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson, BTS, Camila Cabello, Dua Lipa and Shawn Mendes, during the star-studded affair. Jackson's performance will also pair nicely with the follow-up Stateside leg of her "State of The World Tour," which continues in July.

Jackson is no stranger to the Billboard Music Awards legacy, receiving 10 titles of her 18 nominations over the years. Back in 2001, she won the Artistic Achievement Award during the time of her early 2000s comeback with All for You.

Keep your eyes peeled for more on the 2018 BBMA, which will be hosted by Clarkson live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 20, at 8 PM ET / 5 PM PT on NBC.

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