Janet Jackson performed a three-song medley of hits at Sunday’s MTV European Music Awards, where the Rock Hall-nominated singer was honored with the event’s Global Icon Award. The majority of Jackson’s medley focused on her recent Daddy Yankee-assisted single “Made for Now,” with the singer briefly reviving her classic “Rhythm Nation” dance before closing out the performance with her 2001 hit “All for You.”
In addition to her showcase at the Bilboa, Spain awards show, Jackson also an empowering acceptance speech for the Global Icon award that touched on women’s rights, gender inequality and a plea to help those in need. “To be called an icon is a tremendous honor but one that comes with tremendous responsibility. Tonight I feel moved to speak for women whose voices have been stifled,” Jackson said.
“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.” The singer continued, “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.”