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Janet Jackson Receives Ultimate Icon Prize After Star-Studded Tribute At BET Awards

Sun, June 28, 2015 11:25pm EDT by Chris Rogers 12 Comments

Janet Jackson was presented with the inaugural Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual prize at the 2015 BET Awards in Los Angeles on June 28. It was well-deserved and a moment we’ll never forget. Watch it here!

In honor of Janet Jackson, 49, receiving the inaugural Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual prize at the 2015 BET Awards on June 28, Ciara, Jason Derulo and Tinashe performed a special dance tribute to the amazing entertainer, and it was beautiful. They even incorporated her new song, “No Sleeep.”

After a bunch of clips — showing her world tours from the past — played on the big screen, Jason Derulo, Ciara and Tinashe took the stage to recreate some of Janet’s most iconic dance moves, while her songs played in the background. When a number of dancers started moving and grooving to her new song, “No Sleeep,” Janet emerged on stage. And that’s when she accepted her award.

“This is so heavy. It’s been a very long journey to this moment. My heart is so full. Thank you God for making everything, anything possible. I’m so grateful for the support you’ve always given me. To my beautiful mother and my beautiful father. And to my entire family. Your love is unbreakable. My thanks to Jimmy and Terry for our incredible history. And to everyone who performed in the tribute tonight. Twenty-five years ago, we created Rhythm Nation, hoping the world would be a better place. But today there’s even more to be done. And last but not least, to my loving husband, and to all the fans, I’ve missed you so much and I love you so much. Thank you. Thank you BET. Thank you,” Janet told the crowd while holding her trophy.

No. Thank YOU, Janet.

“This is Janet Jackson, people! We are excited beyond belief to present her with our inaugural Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual award and we are thrilled that she chose the BET Awards as the first step on her new road,” Stephen G. Hill, BET’s president of programming, said in a statement before the show. “An inspiration to many other artists, Ms. Jackson (’cause I’m nasty) blends music, dance and visuals in unique and groundbreaking ways and we look forward to celebrating her storied history… as well as giving the BET Awards audience a peek into her Unbreakable future.”

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— Chris Rogers