2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominee Janet Jackson
Solaiman Fazel

Janet Jackson

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2016, 2017, 2019

A pop icon immediately identifiable on a first-name basis

Janet Jackson has built a career so groundbreaking that she’s immediately identifiable on a first-name basis. She explored social issues, themes of empowerment and self-confidence, and influenced generations with her stylized music videos with innovative choreography


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The youngest member of the Jackson family, she was first in the spotlight as a child actress on the TV series Good Times and Fame. But it was her five-times-platinum album Control in 1986 where she staked her claim as an R&B powerhouse. Working with the visionary production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, she ushered in the new jack swing era by fusing melodic dance-pop with aggressive hip-hop and industrial beats. The album introduced a new Janet Jackson – free from the shadows of her family and seizing command of her own destiny.  Themes of empowerment and self-confidence (“Nasty,” “Control,” “What Have You Done For Me Lately”) have remained staples of Jackson’s career.   

Jackson explored social issues, including poverty, race relations, and drug use on 1989’s concept album Rhythm Nation 1814.  The album broke record books with seven top five singles as well as a spectacular concert tour.  Her highly stylized music videos with innovative choreography established Jackson as a fashion icon.  On 1993’s janet. she claimed more independence as producer and songwriter (“If,” “Again,” “Any Time, Any Place”) – even shedding her last name.  That same year, Jackson earned rave reviews in the film Poetic Justice.  

   Jackson’s longevity is remarkable, always reinventing herself for a new generation.  She is the only artist with #1 singles in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s.  Her 2015 album Unbreakable – her first under independent label Rhythm Nation Records – featured J. Cole and Missy Elliot.  Her music videos, complex choreography, and theatrical stages have influenced pop stars including Usher, Aaliyah, Justin Timberlake, and Britney Spears.  

Jackson's music has won her 6 GRAMMY® Awards, 2 Emmy Nominations, a Golden Globe Award, a nomination for an Academy Award along with dozens of American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards. She has received accolades as an actress as well including the NAACP Best Supporting Actor award. Janet is a published author, dancer, businessperson, philanthropist and one of the biggest-selling artists in popular music history. With sales of over 160 million records worldwide, Janet Jackson stands as one of the best-selling artists of all time with a string of hits that have left an indelible impression on pop culture. Her music and artistry has opened doors through which other top artists have followed, many acknowledging her impact on their musical perception. Her recent single, “Made For Now,” with Reggaeton's Daddy Yankee debuted at #1 on iTunes charts and the video currently has 42 million views and was released on her own Rhythm Nation Records in partnership with Cinq Music. 

Janet Jackson’s influence can be heard everywhere: new jack swing in the 1980s (Teddy Riley), pop in the 1990s (Mariah Carey), R&B in the 2000s (Beyoncé), and hip-hop today (Kendrick Lamar).  Janet Jackson is a global icon - one of the best-selling artists in history, and an artist who’s sonic and visual style loom large. 

Selected discography: 

“Young Love,” Janet Jackson (1982) • “Control,” “The Pleasure Principle,” “What Have You Done for Me Lately,” “Nasty,” Control (1986) • “Black Cat,” “Love Will Never Do (Without You),” “Rhythm Nation,” Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989) • “If,” “That’s the Way Love Goes,” janet. (1993) • “I Get Lonely” The Velvet Rope (1997) • “All for You” All for You (2001) • “Feedback” Discipline (2008) • “No Sleeep” Unbreakable (2015) • “Made For Now” (2018) 

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Beginning October 9 and continuing through 11:59 p.m. EST on December 9, 2018 fans can cast votes for who they believe to be most deserving of induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

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