Janet Jackson performed several of her biggest hits and shared an important message at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
Our first order of business is Janet’s dance medley. Wearing an oversized ensemble that, at one point, featured a cape (slay), Janet kicked off the performance with her Daddy Yankee-assisted single, “Made for Now,” before blessing us with a bit of “Rhythm Nation” and her 2001 hit, “All for You.”
Jackson also accepted the Global Icon Award. In her speech, the living legend touched on gender inequality and women’s rights.
“To be called an icon is a tremendous honor but one that comes with tremendous responsibility,” Jackson said. “Tonight I feel moved to speak for women whose voices have been stifled.”
“I am one of those women. Women who have been gagged, both literally and emotionally. Women who have been abused. Women who have been intimidated. Women who have lived in fear. I stand with you. You are my sisters.”
She added, “Tonight, I carry the hope that a new world is emerging. A world in which caring people, male as well as female, will no longer tolerate gender inequality. Women, our voices will be heard.”
Watch the performance and speech below: