Janet Jackson has been has been a major force in the entertainment industry since her youth and today (May 16th) she celebrates her 46th birthday! As such, this week’s Way Back Wednesday is dedicated to this great icon of stage as we celebrate her astonishing career.
Jackson is a true entertainer in every sense of the word. Acting in movies and television while balancing her incredible music career, there is no arena that she hasn’t conquered. Of course, Jackson is at her best while moving onstage as the crowned Queen of Dance.
Watch some of Jackson’s best live performances below as we reflect on her immeasurable contributions to the industry:
‘All For You’
‘Doesn’t Really Matter’
‘I Get So Lonely’
Super Bowl Medley
‘What Have You Done For Me Lately’
Jackson’s music sales have dipped during the last few years so many young music fans have adopted the silly habit of calling her a has-been as they try to denounce her impact. Yet, even through the shroud of their insanity, they cannot deny that Jackson was woman who inspired many of their favourite artists.
Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, Ciara, Kelly Rowland, Mya, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Usher, Ashanti, Aaliyah and many other performers would not exist in the ways that we know them without the influence of Jackson. Yes, her brother Michael Jackson was undoubtedly a bigger Pop star but she forged her own path with a unique R&B sound that her followers struggle to imitate.
Jackson even influenced her brother with her dance styles and her brand of choreography is still seen in many music videos today. Beyonce’s ‘Run the World (Girls)’, Ciara’s ‘Gimme Dat’ and Rihanna’s ‘Where Have You Been’ – all products of Jackson’s legacy. That, ladies and gentlemen, is why bashing Jackson equates to insulting almost every singer/dancer in the industry today.