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By Beautifully Said Team
“Black girls rock on!” These words entertainment legend, Janet Jackson spoke to the crowd as she was honored at the 2018 Black Girl’s Rock Sunday. Singer and dancer, Ciara presented the Rock Star award to Ms. Jackson. Understandably, as fans have always noticed Janet’s influence in Ciara’s performances— as well as other artists who came up under the “Control” singer. The honor was well-deserved. Here are three things to takeaway from Janet Jackson’s acceptance speech.
Self-worth: Janet has been in the entertainment business a long time. Since the age of seven to be exact. Why am I a black girl who rocks? “At the risk of sounding arrogant, I’ve accomplished a lot in my life and I don’t think I’ve done too badly for myself. I have so much more I want to accomplish and do and I’m going to get there,” says the singer.
Individuality: Janet shared her thoughts about making her way in the music industry outside her superstar brother, Michael in a BET video seen before the star was introduced onstage. Janet spoke about the times Michael wanted to collaborate with her in song. The first, was during the makings of the Rhythm Nation album. “I don’t want it to seem as if I am riding your coattails,” a than younger Janet expressed to the King of Pop. A song duo eventually happened in 1995, where brother and sister sung “Scream” and well after Janet had solidified her star status without being recognized as Michael’s baby sister.
Janet Jackson has sold an estimated 100 million records worldwide, and is listed as the eleventh best-selling female recording artist in the US. Image: janetjackson.com
Respect for other Women: Janet mentioned a bevy of women she admired when she accepted her award. From MC Lyte to Mary J. Blige to the incomparable Aretha Franklin and more. As she named the stars who came to mind, Janet also directed her attention toward the young girls there. She spoke about their strength, voice and bravery to be who they are in this generation. “Young black girls are the future,” said the singer while acknowledging how they are creating their own path to success. We applaud Janet for remembering young women are just as important as any celebrity friend she may know. Before exiting the stage— she reminded audience members and those watching the small screen that indeed…Black Girls Rock!!
Along with Janet, other honorees included Mary J. Blige (star power award), Judith Jamison (living legend award), Naomi Campbell (black girl magic award) and Lena Waithe and Tarana Burke of the #MeToo movement.
The broadcast which aired Sunday, September 9th on BET, also paid a memorial tribute to Aretha Franklin the “Queen of Soul”—with performances by Jazmine Sullivan, Stephanie Mills, Yolanda Adams, Ledisi, Fantasia and Cynthia Erivo.
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