Janet Jackson, the singer and sister of late pop megastar, Michael Jackson, gave a pretty extraordinary speech at the recent Billboard Music Awards.
Collecting the ICON award, the successful singer, who has enjoyed a career spanning some four decades, urged those in attendance to seek God amid the chaos of the entertainment industry.
“This is also a moment when our public discourse is loud and harsh,” Jackson said. “My prayer is that weary of such noise, we turn back to the source of all calmness. That source is God. Everything we lack, God has in abundance: compassion, sensitivity, patience and a boundless love.”
Jackson, whose last TV performance came almost a decade ago, received a standing ovation for her powerful remarks.
Jackson has previously affirmed her faith in God.
“I’m a believer. I know that God has absolute control. I’ve never wavered in that belief,” she explained in a Billboard interview earlier this month.
“God is the greatest healer of all and the most potent force in the universe,” she added. “In my world, though, God is so often expressed through music, and it’s music that beats back the negative forces. It’s music that drowns out those voices that say I’m not enough. It’s music, and its divine source, that gifts me with the knowledge that harmony is still possible.”
Jackson also explained how her 17-month-old son had that taught her some vital lessons about love. “Love, no matter how deeply you believe you have experienced that emotion, can always go deeper,” she added. “Love is limitless. And for someone like me, raised in show business where self-concern is always a priority, how fortunate I am now to be concerned, first and foremost, with the welfare of someone else.”
“Day after day and night after night, holding my baby in my arms, I am at peace. I am blessed. I feel bliss. In those moments, all is right with the world.”