Ciara, Ne-Yo, & Khalid Talk Janet Jackson’s Impact Ahead Of Billboard Icon Performance [Video]

Published: Saturday 19th May 2018 by Sam

Janet Jackson‘s impact spans many genres and generations.

As such, it’s little surprise that artists are queuing up to share how their stories of how much she’s touched their lives.

Ciara, Ne-Y0, and Khalid are just a few.

All three will be on hand at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards tomorrow night when Jackson will perform and then be presented with the coveted Icon honor.

Head below as each star reflects on the diva’s enduring resonance…

Great testimonies all-round.

We’re all sorts of ready to see Janet shut it down on-stage.

After such a lengthy hiatus away from the televised spotlight, the showing will serve as her first in the contemporary music climate. Hence, for some, will be the first showcase of her brilliance. Roll on tomorrow!

Your thoughts?

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  1. michael bosket May 19, 2018

    Arguably the most influential artist in history above her brother

    • RoyalKev May 19, 2018

      I won’t compare her to MJ, but there’s not too many that have influenced more artists than Janet have!

  2. Brandyfan87 May 19, 2018

    Yes we’re ready!! slay Queen

  3. G7Pat May 19, 2018

    Stans of lessors really thought they were gonna erase her legacy

  4. Luke May 19, 2018

    Love ne yo. Love Ciara. But man are those the most high profile celebrity interviewees they could get to talk about one of the greatest living entertainers of our time ? Who the heck are these bill board tv producers- send them home ..

    • G7Pat May 19, 2018

      Pretty sure the a listers will be saved for the actual show

      • Faf May 19, 2018

        Grammy winners are a listers

        U thought Avon lady was gon stop selling eBay lingere to do an interview about Janet???

        Who else can dance? We all know beyonce won’t gon do an interview she can barely read the TelePrompTer ?? I’ll wait

      • Luke May 19, 2018

        I hope so. Really not impressed if that’s the best video hype they can give. Great artists but just not current enough. Janet’s come back needs to engage the new generation to keep her back on top.

    • Jasmine (The Real Jasmine) May 19, 2018

      I agree with all the comments but I also realize that celebrity has changed. Gone are the days when the current artists have talent. The current artists are just models (aka posers who pretend like they have music talent but they dont). They are not inspired by anyone with true talent. They are inspired by who has the most twitter followers but could care less about learning complex dance moves, writing songs with deep messages, or being innovative. The only current artists I see with real talent are Bruno Mars (he has praised MJ and Janet in the past), Beyonce (she praises other artists quietly and by copying their looks / styles), Childish Gambino, Drake (he gets tattoos of artists who inspire him), and J. Cole.

      • Luke May 19, 2018

        Agree. And the people you mentioned though would be the ones I would have got to increase the hype machine for the BB show. Bruno. Drake. Gambino. And they should have got Christina Britney Ariana. Madonna would never have done it. Or j lo. Justin Timberlake would have been the ultimate interviewer to have got.

        Now if you produced a pre show hype video like THAT, that’s how you build anticipation for a tv show… these producers are off their game.

      • Jasmine (The Real Jasmine) May 19, 2018

        I agree Luke 100 %.

    • Keith May 20, 2018

      Ditto, Luke. I hope there are some more substantial names on the red carpet or broadcast

  5. Olusheyi May 19, 2018

    I’m excited to see her shut it down tomorrow night

  6. RoyalKev May 19, 2018

    Ciara: Janet to me is one of the most valuable artist of all time! … You better sum that up Cici!!!!!

    • Teflon Boy May 20, 2018

      Hey buddy, long time. I remember what a huge Janet Stan you are.., I can say I’m really happy for Janet to be getting this gradual reintroduction to the mainstream. As terribly as she was treated by mainstream America she could have easily completely given up but used the time away for herself, didn’t beg to be accepted back and has come back on her own terms in no small part due to the fact that the love and appreciation for her by the music industry and her fan base has never waned. You can’t blacklist a Legend.., I mean.., on whose authority lol?! Welcome back Queen Janet👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾

  7. Bam May 19, 2018

    I just REALLY hope she remixes her older songs and incorporates hot new choreography for tomorrow. I need the youngins and even 90s kids who allowed radio and tv to make them forget Janet to know and want to re-discover Janet Jackson.

  8. Seth May 20, 2018

    I hope this helps restore Miss Jackson to her rightful place being mentioned among legends MJ, Madonna, Prince and Whitney. She has earned that right but unfortunately millennials haven’t had as much exposure to her brilliance as they have to her contemporaries. I hope she sets that stage on fire and shows what a boss she still is. Madonna and Janet in their 50s still out perform these girls half their age

    • OSHH May 20, 2018

      YES and her discography is truly amazing. Janet does not get the credit she deserves but those of us who know, know! Very excited to see her performance.

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