Pop singer who gained interest with her debut record Janet and who became perhaps one of the most effective pop artists ever sold, selling more than 150 million information. She grew up being a Jehovah’s See along with her nine siblings, including Michael Jackson. She imagined learning to be a jockey. She performed ‘Rock and roll Your Body’ with Justin Timberlake through the Super Dish XXXVIII in 2004, which became probably the most replayed music in TiVo background. She was wedded to Wayne DeBarge from 1984 to 1985 and Rene Elizondo from 1991 to 2000. She wedded Wissam Al Mana in 2012 and in January 2017, she welcomed her 1st child, a boy called Eissa. She made an appearance in the 2007 Tyler Perry film known as Why Do I Get Wedded?
Full Name Janet Jackson
Date Of Birth May 16, 1966
Place Of Birth Gary, IN
Height 1.63 m
Profession Pop Singer
Education Portola Middle School, Lanai Road Elementary School, Rhythm Nation, That's the Way Love Goes, Nasty, George Washington University
Nationality American, Qatari
Spouse Wissam Al Mana, René Elizondo Jr., James DeBarge, Rhythm Nation, That's the Way Love Goes, Nasty, Lafayette, LA, United States, Houston, TX, United States, Austin, TX, USA, Janet Jackson
Children Eissa Al Mana, Eissa Al Mana
Parents Katherine Jackson, Joe Jackson, Rhythm Nation, That's the Way Love Goes, Nasty, Sara Al Mana, Saleh Al Hamad Al Mana
Siblings Rhythm Nation, That's the Way Love Goes, Nasty, Michael Jackson, La Toya Jackson, Jermaine Jackson, Rebbie Jackson, Randy Jackson, Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Joh'Vonnie Jackson, Brandon Jackson, Kamal Saleh Al Mana, Hisham Saleh Al Mana
Awards BET Ultimate Icon, MTV Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, Grammy Award for Best Music Video, MTV Video Music Award for Best Choreography, Grammy Award for Best R&B Song, MTV Video Music Award for Best Electronic Video, MTV Video Music Award for Best Female Video, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist, Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording, American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist, MTV Europe Music Award for Best Female, MTV Video Music Award for Best Art Direction, Grammy Award for Best Music Film, American Music Award of Merit, Billboard Music Award for Top Female Artist, GLAAD Media Vanguard Award, MTV Movie Award for Best Female Performance, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture, American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Single, Soul Train Music Award for Best Video of the Year, Soul Train Music Award for Sammy Davis Jr. – Entertainer of the Year, Billboard Music Award for Top Pop Album, MTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Female, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Video, American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Video, American Music Award for Favorite Dance Single, Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single – Female, NAACP Image Award – Chairman's Award, Billboard Music Artist Achievement Award, Kids' Choice Wannabe Award, American Music Award for Favorite Dance Artist, Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Album – Female, American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Female Video Artist, World Music Legend Award for Outstanding Contribution To The Music Industry, Billboard Music Award for Female R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year, Soul Train Music Awards Special Quincy Jones Award for Outstanding Career Achievements-Female, Rhythm Nation, That's the Way Love Goes, Nasty
Nominations Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Grammy Award for Album of the Year, MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year, Academy Award for Best Original Song, American Music Award for Favorite Pop/Rock Album, Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album, Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, People's Choice Award for Favorite Female Artist, BET Award for Video of the Year, MTV Video Music Award for Best Hip-Hop Video, Grammy Award for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, BET Award for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, MTV Video Music Award for Viewer's Choice, MTV Video Music Award for Best Direction, MTV Video Music Award for Best Editing, MTV Video Music Award for Best R&B Video, MTV Video Music Award for Best Visual Effects, American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B Album, Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song, Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, MTV Video Music Award for Best Cinematography, Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album, MTV Video Music Award for Best Overall Performance, Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals, MTV Europe Music Award for Best R&B, MTV Video Music Award Best Breakthrough Video, People's Choice Award for Favorite R&B Artist, Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group, Grammy Award for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Female Artist, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Album, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Duo or Group, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Music Video, Soul Train Music Award for Best Song of the Year, Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Female Singer, Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Female Artist, Brit Award for International Female Solo Artist, MuchMusic Video Award for iHeartRadio International Artist of the Year, Billboard Music Award for Top Rap Song, Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Movie Actress, Billboard Music Award for Top Hot 100 Song, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Song - Contemporary, Brit Award for British Video, Billboard Music Award for Top R&B Artist, Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Singles Artist of the Year, American Music Award for Internet Artist of the Year, Billboard Music Award for Soundtrack Single of the Year, Echo Award for Best International Rock/Pop Female Artist, MuchMusic Video Award for Peoples Choice: Favourite International Artist, People's Choice Award for Favorite All-Around Female Entertainer, Rhythm Nation, That's the Way Love Goes, Nasty
Movies Poetic Justice, For Colored Girls, Why Did I Get Married Too?, Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, Janet: Live in Hawaii, From Janet to Damita Jo: The Videos, Why Did I Get Married?, Michael Jackson Unmasked, The Work of Director Mark Romanek, Rhythm Nation, The Rhythm Nation Compilation, The Savoy King: Chick Webb and the Music That Changed America, Janet Jackson: Design of a Decade, The Jacksons: America's First Family of Music, Michael Jackson: A Troubled Genius, Michael Jackson: The Life and Times of the King of Pop, Kanye West: Unauthorized, Janet Jackson: Exposed
TV Shows Fame, A New Kind of Family, Good Times, The Jacksons, Lafayette, LA, United States, Houston, TX, United States, Austin, TX, USA
Star Sign Taurus
Her 1986 song "Nasty" was inspired by a bit of ancient Roman graffiti: VIRGULA TERTIO SU: INDECENS ES. ("Virgula to Teritus: You are a nasty boy").
(May 4, 2016) Expecting her 1st child with her 3rd husband Wissam Al Mana. Jackson is reportedly in her second trimester of pregnancy after successfully working with a fertility specialist.
When her secret marriage to Rene Elizondo broke out in 2000, after he filed for divorce, Janet who had in the past denied being married apologized stating "To have a normal family life...Since I was a child, my personal life has been lived in the public eye," "At times this has been very difficult. I hope my fans will understand." Later Elizondo himself admitted that he was surprised they were able to keep it a secret for as long as they did.
Explained that one reason why she named her 1993 album "Janet" was because many people thought she was just riding her on last name. She even produced and helped write songs on the album without any of her siblings being involved.
When Janet appeared on the controversial cover of Rolling Stone magazine, she was topless except for the hands of then husband Rene Elizondo, who had "hand-cupped" her breasts for the shot as captured by photographer Patrick DeMarchelier. [September 1993]
Named #37 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement.
The film clip "Again" was originally supposed to have Janet wearing her nightwear when she was sitting near her bed because that's what she was wearing when she was writing the song for Poetic Justice (1993).
Used to want to be a jockey when she was a little child but has been scared to ride horses since Christopher Reeve's accident.
The Rhythm Nation world tour was the most successful debut tour from any artist
Has always wanted and still wants to go back school to study law.
Holds the record for most weeks spent at #1 on the R&B chart for her 1994 single, "Any Time, Any Place".
Has homes in Los Angeles, New York and Atlanta (with beau Jermaine Dupri).
Brother Michael Jackson claims in his "Home Movies" documentary in 2003 that Janet emulated his choreography from his "Captain EO" short movie into her "Rhythm Nation" music video which she choreographed with Anthony Thomas four years later.
Became the first artist to score a #1 hit simultaneously on the Billboard Hot 100 and Mainstream Rock singles chart with "Black Cat" in 1990.
Her first biography was released in 1977 as a joint biography about her and brother Randy Jackson.
Is the #2 most successful artist on the Billboard Dance/Club Play Chart, behind only Madonna.
Eloped with singer James DeBarge, in 1984 and lived in the Jackson's Encino ranch for several months before she had the marriage annulled.
The album "Janet" produced six top 10 hits and sold over 15 million copies.
"Rhythm Nation 1814" spend four weeks being #1 on both Pop and R&B charts in the United States. It sold another 10 million worldwide and the singles were even more successful. The album spawned seven top 5 hits including 4 #1s.
Her third album "Control" sell over 10 million worldwide and produced five top 5 hits including "Nasty", "Let's Wait Awhile, and the #1 "When I Think of You".
Her sophomore album "Dream Street" reached #147 on Billboard and sold only 200,000 copies.
Her first self-titled album peaked at #63 on Billboard's Top 200 Albums and sold a disappointing 250,000 copies.
Won nine Billboard Awards in 1990 for her album "Rhythm Nation 1814".
Has four dogs: Riley (a Rottweiler); Dylan (a Boxer); Madison (a miniature Schnauzer) and Pockets (an Australian shepherd-cross).
Is the only woman singer in the history of Rock & Roll to score five back to back #1 studio albums on the Billboard Album's chart. "Control", "Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation", "Janet", "The Velvet Rope" and "All For You" all reached #1, together selling more than 60 million copies worldwide. Her albums "Design of a Decade" and "Damita Jo" both reached top 3.
Negotiated a new, $80 million recording contract with Virgin Records in 1996.
Her nickname "Dunk" was coined to describe her sturdy body, which her brother Michael claimed remsembled a donkey.
Attended and graduated from Valley Professional School, an institution where most children were entertainers or actors (1984).
Attended Portola Middle School in Tarzana, California. Was teased and harassed by kids because of her fame on Good Times (1974).
Attended Lanai Road Elementary School in Encino, California.
During the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII (38), her right breast was "accidentally" exposed when co-performer Justin Timberlake reached around and grabbed a detachable part of her breastplate-like outfit. They admit that they privately planned the move after rehearsals had ended, but still maintain that the exposure was accidental in that a red bra was to be revealed, not her bare breast. [February 2004]
Ranked #77 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll
Was to appear as Lena Horne in a biopic due to be released in 2004. But Lena changed her mind after the SuperBowl "breast-baring" incident.
The last five of her eight albums (excluding her first two albums "Janet Jackson", "Dream Street" and her greatest hits album "Design of a Decade: 1986-1996") have all hit #1.
With her 1986 song "When I Think of You", she and her brother, Michael Jackson, became the first siblings in the rock era to have #1 songs as soloists.
TV Series writer - 1 episode
The Work of Director Mark Romanek
Video documentary performer: "Got Til It's Gone", "Scream" / writer: "Got Til It's Gone", "Scream"
Will & Grace
TV Series performer - 1 episode
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross
TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2004 writer - 1 episode, 2004
TV Series writer - 1 episode
Deutschland sucht den Superstar
TV Series writer - 1 episode
Un paso adelante
TV Series performer - 2 episodes
Janet Jackson: Live in Hawaii
TV Movie documentary performer: "Come on Get Up", "You Ain't Right", "All for You", "Love Will Never Do Without You", "Trust a Try", "Medley: Come Back to Me/Let's Wait Awhile/Again", "Medley: Runaway/Miss You Much/When I Think of You/Escapade", "Son of a Gun I Betcha Think This Song Is About You", "Got 'til It's Gone", "That's the Way Love Goes", "Medley: What Have You Done for Me Lately/Control/Nasty/Boys", "Alright", "Love Scene Ooh Baby Instrumental Interlude", "Would You Mind", "If", "Black
performer: "Would You Mind" / writer: "Would You Mind"
Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast
TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 2001 writer - 2 episodes, 2001
Top of the Pops
TV Series performer - 11 episodes, 1987 - 2001 writer - 11 episodes, 1987 - 2001
MTV Icon: Janet Jackson
TV Special documentary performer: "Scream", "You Can Be Mine", "Nasty", "Control", "When I Think of You", "Interlude: Race", "Rhythm Nation", "State of the World" - uncredited / writer: "Scream" uncredited, "You Can Be Mine" uncredited, "Nasty" uncredited, "Control" uncredited, "When I Think of You" uncredited, "Let's Wait Awhile" Control - 1986, "Interlude: Race" uncredited, "Rhythm Nation" uncredited, "State of the World" uncredited
TV Series performer - 2 episodes, 1999 writer - 1 episode, 1999
Janet: The Velvet Rope
TV Movie documentary performer: "Velvet Rope", "If", "You", "Let's Wait Awhile/Again", "Control Medley: Control/The Pleasure Principle/What Have You Done for Me Lately/Nasty", "Throb", "Escapade Medley: Escapade/When I Think of You/Miss You Much/Runaway/Love Will Never Do Without You", "Alright", "I Get Lonely", "Anytime, Anyplace", "Rope Burn", "Black Cat", "What About", "Rhythm Nation", "Special", "That's the Way Love Goes", "Got 'til It's Gone", "Go Deep", "Together Again" - uncredited / writ
Spice Girls: Live in Your Living Room
TV Special performer: "Let's Wait Awhile" / writer: "Let's Wait Awhile"
How Stella Got Her Groove Back
performer: "Luv Me, Luv Me" - as Janet
Beavis and Butt-Head
TV Series performer - 2 episodes
writer: "Betcha Can't Catch Me"
How to Be a Player
The Chart Show
TV Series performer - 1 episode, 1996 writer - 1 episode, 1996
Michael Jackson's Scream: HIStory in the Making - An MTV News Special
TV Short documentary performer: "That's the Way Love Goes", "Scream" - uncredited
I have a pretty bad temper. But you have to really push me to see it. But everybody has their things.
I've never been into what am I going to do next, trying to reinvent myself.
Big sisters and brothers... I am telling you, it never changes.
People do see me as sweet and innocent. Not to say that I am not those things. But I have other sides to me.
I love working with organizations. I love giving. I want to do more of that. You got to give back. I love helping people, especially children.
I am the baby in the family, and I always will be. I am actually very happy to have that position. But I still get teased. I don't mind that.
Another side to me is this very sexual being. When I look back on my life, it's always been there. It's been there since I was 10 years old, having the imagination that I had.
A lot of times I felt so alone. But I also thought there has to be other people that have experienced either what I have, or close to it.
Self-expression is my goal, I want to be real with my feelings. Singing and dancing-and all the joy that goes with performing- come from my heart. If I can't feel it, I won't do it.
My dad taught us that there's no greater distance than that between first and second place.
Freedom means choices.
All kids rebel. My way was to dye my hair half pink and half blue. It was a mess.
After my disillusionment, I felt hollow inside, as though someone had scooped out my soul. It took a while, but deep within I discovered a core of determination I never knew existed. That's when I got serious about myself and my career. I saw what I needed to do, and I did it.
The pain is necessary. Sometimes pain is the teacher we require, a hidden gift of healing and hope.
Being from a famous family is a blessing. I'm challenged to live up to the expectations. I'm happy, grateful for what I've inherited and excited about what I want to contribute.
I was sheltered by my parents, work and school. I walked out into the world and saw things I'd only read about. I learned the hard way. It was scary, but I saw I had two choices - sink or swim. I swam. And discovered I could actually make it to the shore, all on my own. Not that I wasn't frightened or didn't experience moments of panic. I did.
There was also loneliness. I had few friends. Work consumed me. in some ways, it still does.
I also experienced serious rejection. I auditioned for dozens of commercials, for example, but was never chosen. That might have devastated other children, but somehow my attitude was "Well if I don't get this one, I'll get the next." Looking back, I see I had a built-in toughness.
I kinda see everyone as competition. I'm a very competitive person. But I think that's good. Competition is great. And as long as it's friendly and not a malicious thing, then I think it's cool.
Pain like water it dry away so love come in without pain how can love think about.
We had the kind of night were morning comes to soon... we used the light from a flickering candle across the room to make the kind of shadows that only one thing could make... love.
To a world sick with racism, get well soon.
We are a nation with no geographic boundaries, bound together through our beliefs, we are like minded individuals sharing a common vision, pushing toward a world rid of color lines.
Life is a journey, and I'm still walking it. And, like everyone, I'm going to have some days that are better than others, some days that are tougher than others. But I'm in a much happier place, the happiest place I've ever been in my life, and that's why it feels so good to me, finally being able to say I do like who I am.
Getting back to that child and giving the child what the child may have missed - the reassurance of a nourishing and accepting love, a love that says you are special - is hard work. It can be scary, but like the song says, we have to deal with the past to live completely -and freely - in the present.
[on people disapproving of Jermaine Dupri] People need to stay out of other people's business. Honestly, how can they say what is a good match for me and what is a good match for him? They really don't know us. That's for us to decide. They need to stay out of other's people's business and deal with their own issues.
[on Jermaine Dupri] You know that it's something different when your whole family falls in love with him, when your brothers and sisters love him. And with me having eight brothers and sisters, there are some major eyes on him. And they all adore him. So that's really good.
Dreams can become a reality when we possess a vision that is characterized by the willingness to work hard, a desire for excellence, and a belief in our right and our responsiblity to be equal members of society.
If I wasn't singing, I'd probably be, probably an accountant.
I set out to please myself, hopefully in the end, the listeners will enjoy what I've created.
[on Rene Elizondo] I've been very fortunate to have found someone who has been so incredibly caring... I don't think anybody else would have stuck around because I had some really difficult times... and I know he probably would wake up and say, "Okay, who is she today?". I think anyone else would have said, "You know what? I am out of here because I cannot take this." But he was there, right by my side the entire way.
I was never pushed into the religion by my mother or anyone else. I made up my own mind when I was old enough. I am not a religious person, but I am spiritual. But I don't believe in things like guilt. I believe in a higher power. I believe in inspiration.
I was very independent growing up, but there were things that were bothering me that I never told anybody. I would talk to our animals at home. We had fawns that Michael [brother Michael Jackson] and I raised until we weaned them and we'd feed them every morning. And I would talk to them... I felt they understood me. We had four dogs, and I would climb in the bushes and sit down and speak with them... and that's how I dealt with my life in the very, very beginning, when I was a kid.
[1993 interview in Rolling Stone magazine] It made me so happy. On my song "Whoops Now", I even used the lyrics, "I'm out in the sun having fun with my friends". There's also The Turtles' "Happy Together" and The Association's "Windy" and Simon and Garfunkel's "Feelin' Groovy". Those songs are all precious moments to me. They're about just plain feeling good.
[on her 1997 recording "The Velvet Rope"] We're all driven to premieres or nightclubs and seen the rope separating those who can enter and those who can't. Well, there's also a velvet rope we have inside of us, keeping others from knowing our feelings. In this album, I'm trying to expose and explore those feelings. I'm inviting you inside my barrier. During my life, I've been on both sides of the rope. At times, especially during my childhood, I felt left out and alone. At times, I felt misunderstood... But no human heard those feelings expressed. They stayed buried in the past. But now the truth has to come out, and for me, the truth takes the form of a song.
[on the day her father told her to stop calling him Dad] I will never forget that. I was really young, about 6 or 7, and as a kid, that was very hurtful to me. I went through a lot, from age 15 to about 19 years. I was very young. I used to hurt so badly that I'd ask God, "Why, what have I done to deserve this?".
In complete darkness we are all the same, it is only our knowledge and wisdom that separates us, don't let your eyes deceive you.
We all have the need to feel special.
You don't have to hold onto the pain to hold onto the memory.
Her bright smile
Second soprano vocal range, her top note is an "e"