Janet Jackson Returns To Spotlight After Two Year Absence At 2015 BET Awards

by Zach Seemayer 11:09 PM PDT, June 28, 2015
Playing Janet Jackson Returns To Spotlight After Two Year Absence At 2015 BET Awards

Janet Jackson is back!

The 49-year-old pop singer appeared at the 2015 BET Awards to accept this year's Ultimate Icon Award, and the celebrated performer couldn't contain her happiness.

"My heart is so full. Thank you God for making everything -- anything -- possible," Jackson said to a crowd full of cheering fans. "I'm so grateful for the support you've always given me. To my beautiful mother, and my beautiful father ... and to my entire family, your love is unbreakable."

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It was Jackson's first public appearance in nearly two years, and while some fans were disappointed that she didn't actually perform, the audience was treated to a star-studded tribute to her career before she took the stage.

Tinashe, Ciara, and Jason Derulo were among a number of big names who honored the icon with a splashy, impressive performance.

Before the awards kicked off, ET caught up with Ciara on the red carpet, where the 29-year-old singer expressed how excited she was to be part of the tribute.

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"You know, I've won a Grammy - and that was one of the coolest things that's happened in my career," Ciara explained. "But this [tribute] is one of those ones that adds the icing to the cake, you know?"

Now that Jackson has made her return to the spotlight, it looks like she won't be stepping out of it anytime soon. She's about to kick off her Unbreakable World Tour on Aug. 31, in Vancouver, Canada.

Check out the video to watch Janet Jackson's triumphant return at the 2015 BET Awards.