Janet Damita Jo Jackson is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and dancer. She is noted for her innovative, socially conscious and sexually provocative records, as well as elaborate stage shows. Her sound and choreography became a catalyst in the growth of MTV, enabling her to rise to prominence while breaking gender and racial barriers in the process. Lyrical content which focused on social issues and lived experiences set her reputation as a role model for youth.
Janet Jackson was born on May 16, 1966, in Gary, Indiana, the tenth and youngest child of Joseph and Katherine Jackson. She began her career as a child actress, appearing on the variety television series The Jacksons in 1976 and going on to appear in other television shows throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, including Good Times, Diff’rent Strokes, and Fame. After signing a recording contract with A&M Records in 1982, she became a pop icon following the release of her third and fourth studio albums Control (1986) and Rhythm Nation 1814 (1989).
Control was a critical and commercial success, spawning the hit singles “What Have You Done for Me Lately”, “Nasty”, and “When I Think of You”. The album was praised for its innovative production and Jackson’s assertive songwriting, which addressed themes of female empowerment and sexual liberation.
Rhythm Nation 1814 was an even bigger success, becoming the best-selling album of 1989. The album was inspired by the social and political unrest of the time, and its title track was a call for unity and peace. Rhythm Nation 1814 was also a groundbreaking visual album, featuring elaborate dance routines and music videos that further cemented Jackson’s status as a pop icon.
Jackson continued to release successful albums throughout the 1990s and 2000s, including Janet (1993), The Velvet Rope (1997), All for You (2001), and Discipline (2008). She has also starred in a number of films, including Poetic Justice (1993), Nutty Professor II: The Klumps (2000), and Why Did I Get Married? (2007).
In recent years, Jackson has continued to tour and release new music. Her latest album, Unbreakable, was released in 2015. She is also the recipient of numerous awards, including six Grammy Awards, four MTV Video Music Awards, and 20 American Music Awards.
Janet Jackson is one of the most successful and influential recording artists of all time. She has sold over 100 million records worldwide and is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. She is also a highly acclaimed actress and dancer. Jackson has broken down barriers for women in the music industry and has been a role model for millions of fans around the world.