Janet Jackson recently appeared at the 2018 MTV European Music Awards (EMAs) on Sunday (Nov. 4), to accept the Global Icon Award. During her acceptance speech, the legendary performer delivered a powerful message referencing the Me Too movement and gender inequality around the world.
“I accept this award with profound gratitude. To be called an icon is a tremendous honour but one that comes with a tremendous responsibility,” Jackson said. “Tonight I speak for women whose voices have been stifled. I am one of those women. Women who have been gagged – both literally and emotionally. Women who have been abused, women who have been intimidated, women who live in fear… I stand with you. You are my sisters.”
Jackson also called for a more united and tolerant world. “Tonight I carry the hope that a new world is emerging,” she continued. “A world in which caring people, male as well as female, will no longer tolerate gender inequality. Women, our voices will be heard when we speak out for justice.”
She added: “Speak out for the spirit, speak out for a spirit that crosses all borders, recognizes the dignity of all people and affirms the beauty of all faiths. Speak out for acts of true charity, small and large. Speak out for an embracing love because it’s love that will heal our wounds. Love that will give us strength to come to one and other’s aid. So let’s lift our today and let the ever amazing love of god lead the way. With all my heart, I thank you god. I thank all of my fans. I love you. so much.”
Following her acceptance speech, Jackson performed a medley of her greatest hits, including 1989’s “Rhythm Nation,” 2001’s “All for You,” and her recent dance anthem “Made For Now.”
Check out Janet Jackson’s full acceptance speech at the 2018 EMAs in the video above.