Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. Known for sonically innovative, socially conscious and sexually provocative records, and elaborate stage shows, she has been a prominent figure in popular culture for over thirty years.
The youngest child of the Jackson family, she began her career with the variety television series The Jacksons in 1976 and went on to appear in other television shows throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, including Good Times and Fame. After signing a recording contract with A&M Records in 1982, she became a pop icon following the release of her third album Control (1986). Her collaborations with record producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis incorporated elements of rhythm and blues, funk, disco, rap and industrial beats, which led to crossover success in popular music.
In 1991 Jackson signed the first of two record-breaking multimillion-dollar contracts with Virgin Records, establishing her as one of the highest-paid artists in the industry.
Her subsequent fifth album Janet (1993) saw her develop a public image as a sex symbol as she began to explore sexuality in her music. That same year, she appeared in her first starring film role in Poetic Justice; she has since continued to act in feature films. By the end of the 1990s, she was named by Billboard magazine as the second most successful recording artist of the decade after Mariah Carey.
Her seventh album All for You (2001) coincided with a celebration of her impact on popular music as the inaugural MTV Icon. After parting ways with Virgin Records, she released her tenth album Discipline (2008), her first and only album with Island Records. In 2015, she partnered with BMG Rights Management to launch her own record label, Rhythm Nation, and released her eleventh album Unbreakablethe same year.
She has amassed an extensive catalog, with singles such as “Nasty“, “Rhythm Nation“, “That’s the Way Love Goes“, “Together Again” and “All for You“; she holds the record for the most consecutive top-ten entries on the US Billboard Hot 100 singles chart by a female artist with 18. In 2008, Billboard placed her number seven on its list of the Hot 100 All-Time Top Artists, and in 2010 ranked her fifth among the “Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists of the Past 25 Years”. In December 2016, the magazine named her the second most successful dance club artist of all-time after Madonna.One of the world’s most awarded artists, she has been cited as an inspiration among numerous performers
In 1982 Janet is wearing a red sweater, with a shirt and black neck tie styled with black pants.
In the 80’s Janet rocking a tuxedo jacket styled with a red bow tie
In 1989 Janet’s wore a key dangling from a hoop earring, military-inspired jackets , and caps which were looks from her album Rhythm Nation
Janet honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1990
Janet on the set of of her movie Poetic Justice . Her braids were iconic
Janet was in attendance at the 1993 Grammy Awards. She wore a red ribbon to bring awareness to AIDS/HIV. Her braids were iconic
Janet at the Video Music Awards in 1995
Janet’s controversial performance with Justin Timberlake in 2004, because of wardrobe malfunction resulting in $550,000 in fines from the FCC.
Janet at 2015 BET Awards
Janet Jackson on plane state of the world tour 2017