There are a lot of factors that go into making an iconic career happen. Some of it is luck and hard work, but there’s usually a lot of talent and a lot of great people behind the scenes helping make everything happen. Few artists have ever been as successful and iconic as Janet Jackson, but few things came easily to her, except for the talent, that was in her from the very beginning.
As the youngest member of the Jackson family, fame was always a given, if not an expectation, but the way in which she accomplished her fame was rather unorthodox. She jumped straight into the world of film and television with shows like The Jacksons, Good Times, Diff’rent Strokes and Fame. From there, she quickly established herself as one of the most innovative pop singers of her era.
While she would always be compared to Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson actually managed to step out of her older brother’s long shadow with a strong twist on his established pop formula. Instead of catchy, family friendly hits, Janet Jackson preferred to hit on fresh, up-and-coming sounds, imbuing them with an undeniable aura of sexuality and social commentary.
Today, Janet Jackson is clearly the pop star we need. Her social commentary blended with her incredible pop music chops provide a platform to affect real change. Plus she’s famous for incredible shows, so even if you’re not swayed by political messaging, you’ll absolutely be swayed by the dance moves.
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