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When a Black queen gets recognized and rewarded for her hard work, we celebrate.

Music superstar Janet Jackson will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on March 29th. This is Janet’s third nomination, having been nominated in 2016 and 2017 as well. But you know what they say, “the third time’s a charm.”

Janet Jackson Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee
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Janet Jackson has had a successful career that spans decades. Being the youngest of the legendary Jackson family, Janet didn’t just rely on her family name but instead paved her way to stand out as her own person. She began her career as a child actress on Good Times and Fame.  Her third studio album, Control, in 1986 became a five-times-platinum album. It cemented her place as a talented R&B songstress.

Her next album, Rhythm Nation, went on to become a timeless classic. Rhythm Nation is the only album in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart to have seven singles peak within the Top 5. She also went on to become the first woman to win the Grammy Award for ‘Best Music Video, Long Form’ forRhythm Nation in 1990.  

Janet Jackson Rhythm Nation
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Janet uses her music to tell a story. Her songs often have themes of social issues, empowerment, drug use, and self-confidence. Janet is a strong advocate for women. While accepting the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards (making her the first Black woman to accept the award), in her acceptance speech she said, “at long last, women have made it clear that we will no longer be controlled, manipulated or abused.” She uses her platform to discuss issues and remind us to do better. It’s not music with just words, but music with a message.

Janet Jackson has had a long career, because she continues to grow as an artist. She doesn’t simply follow the trends but sets them. Her music often serves as inspiration for other successful musicians such as Britney Spears and Usher. She has found a way to reinvent herself while also staying true to what is important to her, the music.

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Janet has had many awards, including, 6 Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, 2 Emmy nominations, an Academy Award nomination, an Ultimate Icon award at the BET Awards, and a number of American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, and Billboard Music Awards. She can now add Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Being inducted is a huge honor and celebration with stars like Bob Marley, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye being past inductees. She is certainly in good company.

Janet Jackson is a dancer, philanthropist, best-selling author, style icon just to name a few of her titles. With all those, she continues to release new music. Her new music video with Daddy Yankee, “Made For Now” has over 59 million views on YouTube. With over 160 million records sold worldwide, there is no question that she deserves this accolade. 

Janet Jackson getting ready for performance
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Being a part of 2019’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees showcases to the world that Janet Jackson is a powerful Black queen, whose crown is still shining. 

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Evelande Dufrene

Turning my thoughts into words for the culture.

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