Janet Jackson is a singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, record producer, businesswoman, philanthropist, and author. She is known for producing pop, R&B, hip hop, dance, and funk. She started her career as the youngest child on The Jacksons and went on to become a pop icon and earning records and accolades as a top-selling female artist.
Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana. She was born the youngest of ten children. In 1969, her brothers The Jackson 5 signed a record deal with Motown. The family then moved to Los Angeles, California. Janet began acting in The Jacksons in 1976. In 1977, she began starring in Good Times. This led to other roles on television. Janet’s debut album with A&M Records, Janet Jackson, was released in 1982. Her third album, Control, ranked at number one on the Billboard 200 and went fivefold platinum. Six Billboard Awards, three Grammy nominations, and four out of twelve nominated American Music Awards were given for Control.
Rhythm Nation 1814 came out in 1989. It, also, peaked at number one on the Billboard 200 and went sixfold platinum. It achieved seven top five singles on the Hot 100 chart. The videos made her choreography famous. Rhythm Nation 1814 won fifteen Billboard Awards and the “Rhythm Nation” video won a Grammy Award. She established a “Rhythm Nation Scholarship” fund for educational programs. She received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her philanthropy and her recording industry impact. Achievements continued even with new record companies.
In 1993, Janet made her film debut in Poetic Justice. She collaborated with her brother Michael Jackson on “Scream” in 1995. The video made Guinness World Records for being the most expensive video ever made and won a Grammy Award for Best Short Form Music Video. Accomplishments and influence continued for Janet. She became a gay icon with her next album and some of the proceeds from “Together Again” went to the American Foundation for AIDS Research. The Velvet Rope: Live in Madison Square Garden won an Emmy Award for its broadcast. A portion of the tour’s sales went to America’s Promise. Collaborations and accolades continued. A role in Nutty Professor II: The Klumps proceeded her seventh album All For You. The tour was broadcast for HBO and a portion of the proceeds went to Boys & Girls Club of America. Scandals ensued after a Super Bowl XXVIII incident. Then in 2005 she was honored with a Humanitarian Award for her work for AIDS charities. In 2007, she had a role in Why Did I Get Married?
Films, albums, and tours have continued. In 2011, she released a co-written self-help book, True You: A Journey to Finding and Loving Yourself. She has signed on to produce films and enforce products. She has participated in multiple humanitarian efforts.
Janet Jackson has been married three times. She is currently married. She has been inspired by many performers in musicals to other celebrities. She has inspired many and continues to do so. Be inspired! Have a bright day!