Facts about Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson Biography
Janet Jackson is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, as well as the younger sister of the late “King of Pop” Michael Jackson.
Janet Jackson released her first album in 1982; her career really took off with the 1986 album Control, which included the hit single “What Have You Done For Me Lately?” She quickly became a regular fixture in pop music and on MTV, known for her smartly sexy songs and high-energy dancing (the choreography in her videos was done by Paula Abdul). Among other apperances, she was a guest artist with Busta Rhymes on his 1999 hit “What’s It Gonna Be.”
Jackson also ventured into the movies, starring with Tupac Shakur and Maya Angelou in the 1993 film Poetic Justice. Her other albums include Damita Jo (2004, with a title taken from Jackson’s middle name), 20 Y.O. (2006), Discipline (2008) and Unbreakable (2015).
Janet Jackson was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. In its announcement, the Hall said she “explored social issues, themes of empowerment and self-confidence, and influenced generations with her stylized music videos with innovative choreography.”
Jackson caused a hubbub while performing in the halftime show of the 2004 Super Bowl, when her co-star Justin Timberlake pulled off a piece of Jackson’s costume, exposing her right breast. Timberlake claimed the incident was unplanned and blamed a “wardrobe malfunction,” but Jackson later issued a formal apology, admitting that the “costume reveal” was intentional… A month after the Super Bowl incident, singing legend Lena Horne blocked Jackson from playing her in a planned TV movie.