The 2022 Billboard Music Awards have been star-studded this 12 months — and this one second bought everybody speaking: Janet Jackson made a shock look to current the Icon Award to her buddy Mary J. Blige! The “Suggestions” singer wore a deconstructed tuxedo look by Thom Browne, consisting of a tie, cropped jacket and skirt. Janet herself took house the Icon Award in 2018. Notably, the award has solely been given out 11 instances.
Janet and Mary shared a candy embrace on-stage earlier than MJB bought into her speech. “It takes plenty of time, onerous work and plenty of surviving trial. What an icon means to be is to beat obstacles…and be admired,” Mary stated as she accepted the award.
“I been on this journey for a very long time and I didn’t all the time look the best way that you just see me now. With plenty of heartache and ache,” she additionally stated.
The present was held on the MGM Grand Backyard Enviornment in Las Vegas on Sunday, Might 15 with an A-Record line up of performers together with Travis Scott, Mary J. Blige, together with Rauwn Alejandro, Latto, Burna Boy, Megan Thee Stallion and The Pink Scorching Chili Peppers.
Sean “Diddy” Combs made his internet hosting debut on the present, which he additionally govt produced. The date is important for the New York native, who received his first BBMA 25 years in the past, approach again in 1997. “This might be in contrast to any awards present – I’m bringing the love and setting the frequency at an all-time excessive,” he stated in a press release. “The Billboard Music Awards really symbolize the artists and the place music is at this time, so I’m excited to curate the most important stay performances and surprises. The world has to tune in to see.”
Diddy (then often known as Puff Daddy) was additionally important within the early years of Mary J. Blige’s profession, who is ready to obtain the Icon Award at tonight’s present. Particularly, Diddy produced her debut What’s the 411? and profession defining album My Life, each of which set the stage for her profession that has now spanned three decades. Blige, who’s the eleventh particular person to obtain the Icon Award, can also be scheduled to carry out on the present.