Watch Janet Jackson Accept BET’s First Ever Ultimate Icon Award
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Janet Jackson is an icon. During her two decade long career, the youngest of the Jackson dynasty sold over 140 million records, touched the hearts of fans all over the world and along with her brother, raised the bar for what it means to be a live performer.

Last night, BET recognized her talent in front of the entire world by rewarding her the first ever Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award, just in time for her highly anticipated return to music. During her speech, she thanked her husband, her fans and more just after she told her longtime friend and producer, one half of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, to let her have her moment.

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