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.