WATCH: Janet Jackson Performs & Receives Icon Award at BBMAs

Janet Jackson was this year’s recipient of the Icon Award, with Bruno on hand to do the honors. Janet returned to the TV stage for the first time in nine years, wowing the crowd with a dance-heavy performance of “Nasty” “If” and “Throb,” although cameras kept pulling so far back into the audience you barely saw her half the time. In her speech she praised the time we are living in, a time when “women will no longer be controlled, manipulated or abused.” She also acknowledged that we are in “a moment when our public discourse is loud and harsh,” and said she looks to God during this time, noting, “everything we lack, God has in abundance."