Janet Jackson turned a musical honor into a platform advocating for women's rights and social justice.
Accepting her Global Icon award at Sunday night's MTV Europe Music Awards in Bilbao, Spain, Janet said she felt "moved to speak for women whose voices have been stifled." In pointed remarks that may have referenced her recently failed marriage, Janet stood with women who have "been abused...intimidated... [and] lived in fear."
Her inspirational message asked for "a world in which caring people, male as well as female, will no longer tolerate gender inequality... Women, our voices will be heard when we speak out for justice."
Jackson is a current nominee for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.