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Janet Jackson Was Set To Be Honored At Grammys

Janet Jackson was set to be honored at the Grammys last week, but stubborn CBS execs couldn't figure out how to apologize for blackballing her over #nipplegate.

via TMZ:

Sources connected to The Grammys tell TMZ... the Grammys wanted to bestow Janet with a Global Impact Award, but there was a snag. Recording Academy honchos wanted Janet to attend a pre-Grammy event with the Black Music Collective days before the main event to accept the award, but her schedule wouldn't allow it.

From there, we're told discussions pivoted to a way Janet could receive the honor during the actual broadcast, but that presented another problem ... CBS never made amends with Janet for making her persona non grata after the wardrobe malfunction.

It was Super Bowl XXVIII, broadcast on CBS, when Justin Timberlake ripped Janet's top, revealing her breast. The network received a ton of flack over the incident, and CBS CEO Les Moonves pulled Janet's invite to the Grammys that year.

Sources say Janet's team and Grammy organizers began talking about ways CBS could either apologize or figure out a way to acknowledge how she was treated by the network, but things just got too complicated and talks ended.

Since Janet couldn't attend the Black Music Collective event, she didn't get the Global Impact Award. She also did not attend the Grammys ... fact is she hasn't been there in years.

We should note -- Lil Wayne ended up taking the Global Impact honor home -- and got a video shoutout from Drake before accepting the award. Unclear if both he and Janet both would've received awards, or if Wayne received his in place of Jackson.

This is exactly why #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay is necessary.

I'm so sick of this conservative masquerating itself as progressively liberal industry continuing to buckle to the pressures of uptight middle American bigots who get off on complaining to the FCC whenever anyone who isn't white or male does something on their screens that makes them uncomfortable.

CBS definitely owes Janet an apology, and if they can't man up and admit that they overreacted to seeing a black titty, then keep Janet's name out of your mouth.

Janet's fans are enough to keep her legacy alive. We don't need some tired award from CBS to remind us of Janet's influence on the culture.

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LeNair Xavier
LeNair Xavier
Feb 12, 2023

Lil Wayne??? WTF "global impact" has he made to even be considered for such an award title?

I think they just scraped his name up to replace Janet's.

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