Upon taking the stage, Janet thanked her fans for the award, but also noted that her mother, Katherine Jackson, father, Joe Jackson, who was recently hospitalized with terminal cancer, and siblings -- including the late Michael Jackson -- have made her who she is today.
“It’s beautiful, it’s humbling to be recognized as someone who's had a positive impact, but if I have been fortunate enough to impact others it's only because I, myself, have been greatly impacted by positive people in my life,” Janet, dressed in a plaid Versace ensemble with thigh-high black Louboutin boots, began. “My mother nourished me with the most extravagant love imaginable, my father, my incredible father, drove me to be the best I can."
“My siblings set an incredibly high standard, a high bar for artistic excellence…Every day I am impacted by young people such as you who are demanding social change," she added. "Sometimes, having an impact can be a simple act, a smile, a handshake, or a hug...This means so much to me coming from all of you."