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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.

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Grammy-nominated Burna Boy shares the music for the latest single "Secret," a fan favorite from his seminal album African Giant.

The track, which features American singer Jeremih and Jamaican dancehall artist Serani, is arguably one of the album's most fun and memorable tracks. The song gets a hazy music video starring the three artists in various dimly-lit, monochromatic settings. The video was directed by David Camarena.

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Listen to J Hus' New Album 'Big Conspiracy'

The artist's highly-anticipated sophomore album features Burna Boy, Koffee and more.

J Hus is back. The heavyweight British-Gambian artist returns with his highly-anticipated sophomore album Big Conspiracy.

The 13-track album features the likes of Burna Boy, who joins the artist on the upbeat track "Play Play," as well as buzzing Jamaican artist Koffee who appears on the track "Repeat," one of the album's clear standouts.

It also features a new artist by the name of iceè tgm on three tracks. Some fans have speculated that the mysterious artist is J Hus' sister. The album includes the previously released single 'Must Be,' which he dropped in November of last year.

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Skales Enlists Falz and Harmonize for New Track 'Oliver Twist II Remix'

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Nigerian artist Skales shares a massive new remix of his single "Oliver Twist," featuring Nigerian rapper Falz and Tanzanian singer Harmonize.

The track notably features co-production from legendary R&B and hip hop producer Teddy Riley. "I had been in talks with Teddy Riley since my last trip to London," Skales tells OkayAfrica about how the collaboration with the veteran producer came to be. "We've been sharing ideas about music. So when I made Oliver Twist with the original producer, TMXO, I sent it to him to give it a listen. He did and decided to add his Midas touch to it too."

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