Janet Jackson Hit the Akwaaba Dance at The Billboard Music Awards and It Was Everything
The legendary singer took home the Icon Award at last night's show.
Janet Jackson received a long-overdue icon award at last night's Billboard Music awards, which saw some of the biggest names in music gather in Las Vegas to celebrate their chart-topping successes.
There were many highlights, but we were mostly watching to see Ms. Jackson command the stage like she's done so many times in the past, and she did not disappoint.
The 52-year-old star ran through some of her most memorable hits like "Nasty Boy," and "If." At one point during her electrifying performance, the singer hit the Akwaaba dance, popularized by Mr Eazi earlier this year upon the release of his collaboration with Guiltybeatz and Patapaa by the same name.
The musician shared his excitement over the queen performing the dance during her set on Instagram this morning, "I woke up to DMs from my fans, telling me Janet Jackson had done the #Akwaaba on the Billboard stage," he wrote, also adding that he'll be dropping two new singles this week.
See Janet hit the move below:
Janet isn't the only pop star jumping on African dance crazes either. Back in February, Rihanna sent the internet ablaze when she did the Gwara Gwara at the Grammy's.
The singer became the first black woman ever to receive the icon award—yes, in 2018—and gave a moving speech. "It's a moment when at long last women have made it clear that we will no longer be controlled, manipulated or abused," she said. "I stand with those women and with those men equally outraged by discrimination who support us in heart and mind."
Other highlights from the billboard music awards included Kendrick Lamar's six wins, a tribute to the victims of the Santa Fe shooting in Texas, and a reunion performance by Salt and Peppa and En Vogue.