BET Awards To Give Janet Jackson The 'Ultimate Icon Music Dance Visual Award'
June 23, 2015 at 12:44 PM (PT)
BET Pres./Programming STEPHEN G. HILL announced that the BET AWARDS will present JANET JACKSON with the inaugural ULTIMATE ICON: MUSIC DANCE VISUAL AWARD at the 15th annual BET AWARDS on SUNDAY, JUNE 28th.
CIARA, JASON DERULO AND TINASHE are slated to perform a special dance tribute to the iconic entertainer, which is set to include her just released single, “No Sleeep.” The entertainer sent her fans into social media frenzy when she recently announced her upcoming first studio album in seven years and the first leg of her highly anticipated UNBREAKABLE WORLD TOUR, a 37-date tour starting AUGUST 31st in VANCOUVER, BC.
“No Sleeep,” the first single from the yet untitled album, debuted on Ms. JACKSON's TWITTER and website on MONDAY (JUNE 22nd) and immediately reached the top spot on BILLBOARD Trending 140.
HILL said, “This is JANET JACKSON people! We are excited beyond belief to present her with our inaugural ULTIMATE ICON: MUSIC DANCE VISUAL AWARD and we are thrilled that she chose the BET AWARDS as the first step on her new road. An inspiration to many other artists, Ms. JACKSON blends music, dance and visuals in unique and groundbreaking ways and we look forward to celebrating her storied history…as well as giving The BET AWARDS audience a peek into her UNBREAKABLE future.”
JANET JACKSON stands as one of the best-selling artists of all time with a string of hits which have left an indelible impression on pop culture. She is the first African American female artist to have hit singles in each of the last 4 decades. Her music has won her 6 GRAMMY® AWARDS, 2 EMMY AWARDS, A GOLDEN GLOBE AWARD, a nomination for an ACADEMY AWARD, numerous AMERICAN MUSIC AWARDS, MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS, BET AWARDS, AND BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS. She has received accolades as an actor as well, including the NAACP BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR AWARD.
JANET is a NEW YORK TIMES Number One Best Selling Author, choreographer, dancer, businessperson, philanthropist, and with sales of over 160 million records worldwide, one of biggest-selling artists in popular music history. Her music and artistry has opened doors through which other top artists have followed.
Hosted by ANTHONY ANDERSON and TRACEE ELLIS ROSS, the BET AWARDS will also include previously announced performances by CHRIS BROWN, KENDRICK LAMAR, NICKI MINAJ and MEEK MILL. In addition, SMOKEY ROBINSON has been announced to perform and receive the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD. PREMIERE NETWORKS syndicated radio host TOM JOYNER will be receiving the HUMANITARIAN AWARD at this years ceremony.
A full list of the “BET AWARDS” 2015 nominations is available, (NET NEWS 5/18).