“I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know how to go forward — if I should cancel the festival, cancel this entire tour,” Janet told the audience at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans on Sunday night (via E! News).
“I talked to my brother and we started to talk about my father’s strength … We’re a black family that came from Indiana and, we broke all kinds of records from all around the globe. That’s truth.”
Continuing through tears, she said, “My father was a great man. My brother asked me, ‘If he were here right now listening to this conversation, what do you think he would say to you?’ and I think my father would’ve said, ‘Janet, please, finish what you started and I will be there with you every step of the way in your heart.’”
She then dedicated the performance to her dad and said, “Let’s celebrate my father. My father would want to celebrate his life.”
Janet, 52, honored Joe on Instagram shortly after his death.