Janet Jackson Delivers Powerful Tribute to Joe Jackson

Her first show since the news broke.

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As FADER notes, Janet Jackson has publicly opened up about the recent passing of her father, Joe Jackson.

Taking to the stage of the Essence Festival for her first performance since the news broke, the award-winning superstar delivered an emotional, moving tribute to her late father. “Quite honestly, it was really hard for me,” Janet Jackson shares as a piano plays in the back. “Without his drive, without his strength, we wouldn’t have the success — we’re a black family that came from Gary, Indiana and we broke all kinds of records around the globe. That’s truth. My father was a great man.” Jackson also discusses a conversation with her brother concerning Joe Jackson’s death, and concludes her message with a rendition of “Together Again.”

You can check out Janet Jackson’s tribute and speech above.

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