Janet Jackson Won 2018 Icon Award
Janet Jackson will be honored with the icon award at the Billboard Music Awards.
Janet Jackson will also give her first performance on television in nine years, Dick Clark Productions said. The superstar is set to get the Billboard Icon Award at the May 20 ceremony in Las Vegas.
Janet Jackson has been a dominant force on the Billboard charts for decades, thanks to hits including That’s The Way Love Goes, I Get Lonely and All for You. The multiplatinum superstar will kick off another leg of her State of the World Tour in July.
Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar and Bruno Mars lead the way in the nominations for the ceremony on May 20, with each receiving 15 nods.
All three are up for best artist and will compete with Drake, who has nine nominations, and Taylor Swift, who has five.
British singer-songwriter Sheeran has also been nominated for top male artist, top touring artist and top Hot 100 artist.
He faces stiff competition for all of these awards from Mars, who won in all six of his categories at the Grammy Awards in January.
Before Janet Jackson other recipients of the icon prize include Neil Diamond, Stevie Wonder, Prince, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion and Cher.
Janet Jackson joins previously announced performers Camila Cabello, Ariana Grande, Dua Lipa, BTS and Shawn Mendes.
Kelly Clarkson will host the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on May 20.
NBC will broadcast the ceremony live Sunday, May 20, beginning at 8 p.m. ET/ 5 p.m. PT.
Sources: Press Association 2018/usatoday.com/eonline.com