Without question, Janet Jackson is an icon. From her music to her style, her decades-long career is proof of her limitless talent and appeal. This week, Ms Jackson celebrated her 53rd birthday, looking as amazing as ever and still at the top of her game.
Metamorphosis in Las Vegas
Coinciding with her birthday week, the Rhythm Nation singer is also beginning a residency in Las Vegas. Metamorphosis is scheduled for 18 performances between now and August at the Park MGM resort.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Janet’s legendary status in music has also finally been cemented into history with her induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. In her profile, the Hall of Fame acknowledges that her career has been groundbreaking and notes that she has “explored social issues, themes of empowerment and self-confidence, and influenced generations with her stylized music videos with innovative choreography.”
Particularly remarkable is Janet’s longevity and sustained success in a difficult business over time. In fact, she is the only artist who has had #1 singles in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s. Her ability to continually reinvent herself, her music, and her choreography has had a major influence on countless artists.
Jackson has been nominated previously twice but was not inducted until this year. Questlove of The Roots called this “HIGHLY criminal” in an Instagram post urging other voting members to support this woman who truly changed the course of music.
Her induction into the Hall of Fame is just the latest in a long list of well-deserved accolades. She has won 6 Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and dozens of American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, and Billboard Music Awards. Her records have sold more than 160 million copies worldwide, making her one of the best-selling artists of all time. In addition to music, Janet has received recognition as an actress as well, including winning the NAACP Best Supporting Actor award. She is also a published author, successful businesswoman, and a philanthropist.
The 2019 induction ceremony took place earlier this spring at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Janet was presented with her long overdue honor by Janelle Monáe, who Consequence of Sound says “some might describe as the heir apparent to Miss Jackson’s legacy.” Obviously herself a fan, Monáe said: “I’m here to induct the Queen of Black Girl Magic.” After accepting the honor, Janet thanked her fans and her family before showing that she is always pushing for social change by encouraging the Hall of Fame to “induct more women” in 2020.