On Friday, Janet Jackson was awarded the first-ever Impact Award at the 2018 Radio Disney Music Awards.
According to Billboard, the award “recognizes an artist as one of the most influential and transformative forces in pop music.”
During the award show, which aired on Saturday, Jackson gave thanks to those who helped shape her career throughout the years. Including her father, Joe Jackson, who is reportedly battling terminal cancer.
According to People, Jackson said during her acceptance speech, “It’s beautiful, it’s humbling to be recognized as someone that has had a positive impact, but if I have been fortunate enough to impact others it is only because I, myself, have been greatly impacted by positive people in my life.”
She continued, “My mother nourished me with the most extravagant love imaginable, my father, my incredible father, drove me to be the best that I can. My siblings set an incredibly high standard for artistic excellence… Sometimes, having an impact can be as simple as a smile, a handshake, or a hug.”
Although Jackson was the first recipient of the award, the award will continue to live on in her name as it now known as the Janet Jackson Impact Award.