Janet Jackson, who will be receiving the Icon Award at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards on Sunday (May 20), has made a lasting impact on both fans and fellow musicians alike with her music. To celebrate her accomplishments ahead of the ceremony, Billboard spoke with Ciara, Ne-Yo and Khalid to find out what Janet Jackson means to each of them and why they agree that she is a true musical icon.
“Janet, to me, is one of the most valuable artists of all time,” Ciara tells Billboard. “Everything she does is perfection. It says a lot to me. It says you gotta care, you gotta give 100 percent every time... She is queen of creating those iconic moments that we still talk about today.”
The singer shares that her first memory of Jackson was her 1986 album Control, explaining that it was impactful at that time to see a young woman take control. “It was a very special moment to me as an artist,” Ciara adds, “and at the time period, as a young girl watching her. She has been a huge influence in my life.”