- Janet Jackson was officially inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame yesterday and was introduced by Janelle Monae. Jackson gave a heartfelt speech although she opted not to give a performance.
- In her speech, Jackson started out by giving credit to her father for playing a role in her decision to pursue a musical profession: "When I was a kid my dream wasn’t to be a singer. I wanted to go to college and I wanted to be a lawyer. It was my father’s dream. He wanted me to become this wonderful performer. He encouraged me. He was the first one to encourage me. Music became my passion."
- She then talked about watching her brothers, who were inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1997 as The Jackson 5, as they established their careers and their impact on pop culture around the world. She also talked about her desire to make it on her own: "In 1997, my brothers were recognized for their musical passion by being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and I was so, so proud. As you saw in the clip, I was always crashing their rehearsals. I was always tagging along, always with my brothers. I witnessed, along with the rest of the world, my family’s extraordinary impact on popular culture. Not just in America, but all around the globe, the entire globe. As the youngest in the family, I was determined to make it on my own. I wanted to stand on my own two feet, but never in a million years did I expect to follow in their footsteps. Tonight, your baby sister has made it in."
- She thanked her family in general and also those who helped/supported her along the way, including A&M Records, Herb Alpert, Jerry Moss, Jesus Garber, Angela Winbush, Rene Moore, Leon Sylvers, Paula Abdul, and Questlove.
- Jackson then thanked her fans, gave love to her son Eissa, and asked the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to induct more women in 2020: "I want to say a personal word to each and every fan. You’ve been with me every step of the way. In all my ups. All my downs. I never have and never will take you for granted. I love you with all my heart. Thank you God for giving us life and the ability to embody goodness. With God all is possible, and all is good. And I want to thank my baby, my beautiful son. He wakes me up every single morning singing his own little melodies. He’s only two, you guys. I want you to know that you’re my heart, you’re my life and you have shown me the meaning of real, unconditional love. Mama loves you, Eissa, rah rah rah. And Rock and Roll Hall of Fame please, 2020: Induct more women. Thank you so much."
- Jackson made her musical career debut with her album "Janet" in 1982 at the age of 18, however, her breakthrough success came when she released her album "Control" in 1986. Her next album, "Rhythm Nation", broke records with having seven Top Five singles. She has also been the influence of many artists, including Beyonce, Janelle Monae, and Britney Spears.
Janelle's introduction of Janet
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