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Janet Jackson to receive the Rock Star Award at ‘Black Girls Rock’


Solaiman FazelJanet Jackson has been added to the honoree list at Black Girls Rock. The five-time Grammy Award winner will receive the Rock Star Award at the ceremony, which is being taped Sunday in Newark, New Jersey.

“Thank u so much @blackgirlsrock I’m truly honored and excited. See u soon #MadeForNow#BlackGirlsRock,” Janet commented on Instagram.

The Rock Star Award is given to phenomenal women in music who are “cultural innovators and whose work exhibits a commitment to the craftsmanship, creativity, integrity and elevation of high art,” according to Black Girls Rock.

It celebrates fierce, fearless “sheroes” in music who have “successfully pushed the envelope and carved a niche where other artists not only take note, but dutifully follow her lead.”

As previously reported, Mary J. Blige, Naomi Campbell, and Lena Waithe will also be honored.  Mary will receive the Star Power Award, Naomi will be presented with the Black Girl Magic Award, and Lena will receive the Shot Caller Award.

In addition, famed dancer/choreographer Judith Jamison from the Alvin Ailey America Dance Theater will be honored with the Living Legend Award, and the founder of the “Me Too” movement, Tarana Burke, will receive the Community Change Agent Award.

Yolanda AdamsTamiaH.E.R., and JAY-Z protege Victory Boyd will perform at the event, while Ava DuVernayCiara, ballet star Misty Copeland, and Naturi Naughton from Power will also appear.

In addition, the show will feature a special tribute to the late Aretha Franklin.

Black Girls Rock will be hosted by Queen Latifah. The show will be taped Sunday at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, and will air Sunday, September 9 at 8 p.m.

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