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Janet Jackson is celebrating her birthday today! The American Entertainer Janet Jackson’s full name is Janet Damita Jackson. Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966, in Gary, Indiana, United States) is an American singer and actress who became one of the most prominent recording artists of the 1980s and ’90s, her progressively sophisticated interpretation of dance-pop music.
Janet Jackson, the youngest of nine siblings in Motown’s famous Jackson family, turned her family’s popularity into a solo career spanning music, television, and cinema. She was a regular on the 1970s television comedy series Good Times and later starred as a teenager in the dance drama Fame.
Following an unremarkable recording debut in 1982 and a 1984 follow-up album, Jackson took control of her career, moved out independently, and developed her own sound and influential style.
Jackson resurfaced in 1986 with her breakthrough album Control, which featured five top-ten R&B singles, including two Top Ten pop hits, “What Have You Done for Me Lately” and “Nasty.” Her fierce independence struck a chord with the youth of the time, and Jackson rose to a level of stardom that rivaled Michael Jackson, her most famous brother.
Her collaborations with the production team of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (based in Minneapolis, Minnesota) produced bold, beat-heavy, catchy songs that defined the punch and power of 1980s dance and pop music.
Jackson returned in 1989 with her most diverse work, Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814. The album delivered seven pop top ten hit singles, including “Miss You Much,” “Escapade,” and “Love Will Never Do (Without You).”
Jackson continued to enjoy worldwide popularity and critical acclaim in the 1990s with the album Janet. (1993), Design of a Decade (1995), and The Velvet Rope (1997).
Between the release of All for You (2001), which continued in the sensual vein of Janet, and Damita Jo (2004), Jackson was at the center of a debate on decency standards on television, when a “wardrobe malfunction” (that some argued was accidental and others said premeditated) caused a scandal during her live performance at halftime of the 2004 Super Bowl.
20 Y.O. (2006) and Discipline (2007) were two of her latter albums (2008). Unbreakable (2015), marketed as a comeback album, featured modern electronic compositions to complement Jackson’s velvety vocals, which had cemented his status as an R&B superstar. The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted Jackson in 2019.
Janet Jackson Added Movie to Her Career
In addition to her music career, Jackson continued to act. In 1993 she made her film debut in Poetic Justice, which also starred Tupac Shakur. Her later movie credits included Why Did I Get Married? (2007) and its sequel, Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010), both written and directed by Tyler Perry.
In addition, she also appeared in For Colored Girls (2010), Perry’s adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s 1975 theatre piece For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf. Her life and career were the subjects of the four-part docuseries Janet Jackson. (2022).