Janet Jackson receives Global Icon Award, brings the house down with epic acceptance speech!

Posted by Ria, 06 Nov

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We’ve always regarded Janet Jackson as an icon, and now she has the award to prove it!

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Janet Jackson received the highly deserved Global Icon Award at last night’s MTV European Music Awards – and her acceptance speech was as epic as you would imagine!

Her speech was both moving and empowering, as she dedicated her award to women, in particular women who have had a hard time…

"I love you guys so much. I accept this award with profound gratitude,” she began saying in her acceptance speech.

“To be called an icon is a tremendous honor, but one that comes with a tremendous responsibility.

“Tonight I feel moved to speak for women whose voices have been stifled.

"I am one of those women."

The 52-year-old music legend told the world that she stands by all of her "sisters”, which include the "women who have been gagged, both literally and emotionally, women who have been abused, women who have been intimidated and the women who have lived in fear."

"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,” she continued.

“Women, our voices will be heard. We will be heard when we speak out for justice. Speak out for the spirit. Speak out for a spirit that crosses all borders, recognizes the dignity of all people and affirms the beauty of all faiths. Speak out for acts of true charity, small and large. Speak out for an all-embracing love.

“Because it's love that will heal our wounds. Love that will give us strength to come to one and other's aid. So, let's lift our voices. Let's start today and let the ever-amazing love of God lead the way.

“With all my heart, I thank you, God. I thank all of my fans. I love you so much."

We’re not crying, you’re crying!

Check out Janet Jackson’s incredible performance of some of her greatest hits – including her brand new single Made for Now – in the video below.

Congratulations again, Ms. Jackson!

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