Once Janet Jackson confirmed that she would not be reuniting with Justin Timberlake for a second Super Bowl halftime show, fans of the living legend took to social media to show the “Control” singer just how much she means to them, creating the hashtag #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay.
Several fans and celebrity friends put the hashtag to use, with Roots drummer Questlove going so far as to argue the icon is ready to inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
I’m using my platform for #JanetJacksonAppreciation day for a slightly different reason: as a voting member of the @RockHall its criminal that @JanetJackson has NOT been inducted yet. 32 years ago today #Control dropped AND CHANGED EVERYTHING: including her brother AND the mentor of her producers jimmy & terry. Whether we credit it or not: Control was the first #NewJackSwing album. Yeah it was breakbeat free, but the young brash attitude made it a first. This was NOONEs kid sister. Prince famously drove to @flytetymejam’s house and threw the record at his door zero o’clock in the morning (hey, if you ain’t got no haters you ain’t poppin) not to take away from her peers in the RRHOF that made marks in the 80s. But half of them can NOT claim they changed music (this is just one album mind you) I know this tag is for other reasons but of all the double standard injustices, her not being inducted is HIGHLY criminal.
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The humble queen decided to dedicate her Valentine’s Day Instagram post to the fans who started the social media movement and have been supporting her career since childhood.
“You have no idea how much I love you,” she said in an Instagram post. I want to thank you for the support and the love that you’re always showing me. I appreciate you…and I love you so much.”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.