Janet Jackson delivered a motion acceptance speech on inequality after receiving the Global Icon Award at the MTV European Music Awards on Sunday night in Bilbao, Spain.
"I accept this prize with deep gratitude," he told the crowd, after being presented by singers Jason DeRulo and Camila Cabello. "Being called an icon is a tremendous honor, but it has a huge responsibility. Tonight I feel moved to speak for women whose voices have been choked."
"I am one of those women," she continued. "Women who were gagged, both literally and emotionally. Women who were abused. Women who were intimated. Women who lived in fear. I am with you. You are from my sisters."
His speech was received with continuous applause from many men and women in the crowd. She described waiting for a promising future for all women.
"Tonight I have the hope that a new world emerges," he said. "A world in which caring people – more and women – will no longer tolerate gender inequality. Women: our voices will be heard. They will be heard when we speak for justice."
She pronounced a passionate motive for women to use their voices and talk about injustices.
"Talking about a spirit that crosses all borders, recognizes the dignity of all people and affirms the beauty of all beliefs," he said. "Speak for acts of true charity, small and great. Talk about a stunning love because it is the love that will cure our wounds. The love that will give us the strength to get to help."
She thanked her fans and God and expressed her love for her 1-year-old son, Eissa. "Let us raise our voices. Let's start today and let the always surprising love of God get out of the way," he concluded.
In addition to the acceptance speech, Jackson also made some of his greatest hits, including "Rhythm Nation" and "All for You" along with his song 2018, "Made for Now."
Singer Missy Elliot pays homage to the singer on Twitter, writing "Every prize that has been obtained by @JanetJackson has already worked for her and DIVINE! RECOLLECES YOUR THING. You are a GLOBAL ICON and you have made a lot of hunger for this CULTURE! That's why I still INSPIRE many characters through their music and style and performance 40 YRS MORE! "
Every prize you get @JanetJackson You worked for it and DIVINE! GO TO YOUR THING? Are you a GLOBAL ICON? And you and your hunger have done so much for CULTURE! That's why I still INSPIR many characters through their music and style and performance 40 YRS LATER! We? Https://t.co/FvJw2N87Uw
– Missy Elliott (@MissyElliott) November 5, 2018
Jackson talked about gender discrimination before. In the 2018 Global Citizen Festival, she described abuses of power to which she was subject.
"Like millions of other women out there, I know about bullying," he told the crowd. "I know the verbal abuse. I know the physical abuse. I know the abuse of authority."
"I am sick, I am repulsed, I am angry at the double standards that continue to treat women as second class citizens," he continued. "Sufficient injustice: a big fanaticism. Misuse and unconscious prejudices have to stop – and stop now. Equality is our demand. Action is our response."
Jackson subsequently published an image on Instagram of the MTV European Music Awards, expressing his gratitude for the award.
He also shared an image with Hair, which also had a great success, leading four awards home.