The Rhythm Nation came out in full force to honor Janet Jackson at the 2015 BET Awards.
Tinashe, Jason Derulo and Ciara performed a killer dance tribute for the 49-year-old entertainer. The trio seamlessly executed iconic choreography from Janet’s “Pleasure Principle,” “All For You,” “If,” and “Rhythm Nation” music videos. This video is a must-watch for any JJ fan.
In addition to the dance tribute, the BET Awards bestowed Ms. Jackson with the Ultimate Icon: Music Dance Visual Award. Her longtime friends and producers Terry Lewis and Jimmy Jam presented it.
“We began a fantastic journey with a friend we celebrate tonight. She came to us a young woman with a lot to say and boy did she say it. She is Ms. Janet Jackson,” Lewis said. Jimmy Jam added, “At the time there were few women demanding respect and sounding so funky doing it. Janet’s music and her vocal expressions were empowering innovative and provocative.”
Though Janet didn’t perform, much to the dismay of the audience, she took to the stage to accept her award.
“Twenty-five years ago, we created Rhythm Nation hoping the world would be a better place. But today there’s even more to be done.” She added, “To all the fans,” she said, “I’ve missed you so much and I love you so much.”
I’m so ecstatic that the “No Sleeep” singer is back. Can’t wait for her new album to drop. Until that hits online, check out the dance tribute after the jump.