Janet Jackson stands up for women's equality at Billboard Music Awards

Janet Jackson stands up for women's equality at Billboard Music Awards

Clarkson sported huge, puffy earmuffs as she introduced the K-pop group, who easily earned the loudest applause from the audience throughout the night.

At the top of the show, BBMAs host Kelly Clarkson was in tears as she talked about the shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas on Friday, where eight students and two teachers were killed. Not only did she perform live at a televised awards show for the first time in nine years, but she was also honored with the 2018 Billboard Music Awards' Icon Award for her impressive career. "I'm a Texas girl and my home state has had so much heartbreak over this past year".

She said, "I believe that for all the challenges, for all our challenges, we live at a glorious moment in history". It's not working. So, why don't we not do a moment of silence, why don't we do a moment of action?

She paused as she choked up, "So why don't we not do a moment of silence?"

"Mommas and daddies should be able to send their kids to school", Ms. Clarkson said. "It's not working", she said, almost in tears.

She rocked the Billboard Awards with an energetic and powerful performance of her past hits in an epic week that included her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her ground-breaking Janet album.

Khalid, seventh from left, and Shawn Mendes, fifth from right, perform "Youth" with the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School choir.

Amid ear-splitting screams from the audience, BTS jumped onto the stage and performed "Fake Love", a moody hip-hop track off its recently released Love Yourself: Tear album.

Swedish DJ and superstar producer Avicii died at age 28 last month; in a letter, his family said he "could not go on any longer".

They are up for the night's biggest award - top artist - along with Swift and Drake. He wanted to find peace. "We're failing our communities", Kelly continued.

As the crowd chanted her name, Jackson said she hoped faith could help heal the divisions caused by a tumultuous time in global and personal politics. So I guess to the family members that are talking to all of these news outlets saying they're anxious for me: When is the last time you called me?

Anyone who has paid the slightest bit of attention to Janet Jackson's almost 40-year career already knows that she's a bona fide icon: Her legacy spans television and music, earning her 35 awards, and she has sold more than 100 million records.

The event took place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Sunday, May 20, 2018 and the Billboard Icon Award was presented by musician Bruno Mars, who knelt before the star to present the award to her.

Janet shares her niece's thoughts on being a strong woman, showing compassion and being sensitive to others, which she expressed during her acceptance speech. All-new blunt bangs gave her choppy bob company and made for a quirky and cute hairdo.

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