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Janet Jackson to be honoured at 2018 Black Girls Rock! awards

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Janet Jackson is set to be honoured at the 2018 Black Girls Rock! awards.

The singer shot to musical fame with hits like Nasty, Rhythm Nation and That's the Way Love Goes, and has established herself as one of the world's best-selling artists, selling over 100 million records throughout her nearly 40-year career.

According to Billboard, organisers for the annual awards ceremony, which was founded by former DJ and model Beverly Bond to honour and promote black women in different fields, will now recognise the 52-year-old singer as a "phenomenal woman in music" with the Rock Star Award.

It marks the third time Janet has been celebrated for her contributions to the music industry in recent months.

The mother-of-one was honoured with the first-ever Impact Award at the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards in recognition of her influence on the entertainment industry, a month after being presented with the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards.

Other stars receiving accolades at the Black Girls Rock! awards include Mary J. Blige, who will be honoured with the Star Power Award, Naomi Campbell, who will be presented with the Black Girl Magic Award, and Judith Jamison, who is set to receive the Living Legend Award for her extensive work in dance and choreography.

The show will also recognise Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe and Tarana Burke of the #MeToo movement and pay tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, who passed away at the age of 76 last week after a battle with advanced pancreatic cancer.

Hosted by Queen Latifah, Black Girls Rock! will be taped on Sunday (26Aug18) at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, New Jersey and aired via BET Networks on 9 September.

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