Grammy-winning singer Janet Jackson has another accolade to add to her long list: She will receive the BMI Icon Award at the 2018 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards, which will be presented Aug. 30 at the Woodruff Arts Center's Symphony Hall in Atlanta. In 2018, she has also received the Billboard Icon Award and Radio Disney's first Impact Award.
The Jacksons (her brothers Michael, Jackie, Tito, Marlon and Randy) received the BMI Icon Award at the 2008 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards. The members of the Jackson family who attended the ceremony were siblings Jackie, Tito, Marlon, Randy, Janet, Rebbie and LaToya, as well as father Joe and mother Katherine. Michael and Jermaine Jackson (who was a member of the Jackson 5 but went solo in 1972) did not attend the ceremony.
Although Joe Jackson died of cancer on June 27, Janet will likely continue her State of the World tour and honor her other commitments.
BMI issued this statement on June 27: "BMI is saddened to have learned of the passing of Joe Jackson on Wednesday, June 27, at age 89. Profoundly instrumental to the legacy of some of BMI’s most prominent and celebrated affiliates, Jackson launched his family’s musical journey in 1964 with the formation of the Jackson 5, featuring his sons Jermaine, Jackie, Tito, Marlon and Michael … Simultaneously, Joe started orchestrating the careers of his daughters Rebbie, La Toya and Janet, the youngest of the Jackson family who first began her career in television before embarking on a stratospheric music career of her own.
"BMI is privileged to be honoring Janet Jackson as a BMI Icon at the 2018 BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards later this summer. Renowned for his industry savvy, Joe Jackson was proclaimed Best Entertainment Manager of All Time by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 and was inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Hall of Fame in 2014. BMI recognizes Jackson’s monumental impact and extends its condolences to the Jackson family for their loss."