Janet Jackson’s 10 Most Memorable Moments
With the release of her Number Ones album today, we look back at her hits (and misses).
-Kathryn H. Cusimano
She’s sold more than 65 million albums worldwide and had 30 number one singles, but Janet Jackson isn’t ready to quit anytime soon. The 43-year-old’s second greatest hits album, Number Ones, hits stores today and she’s prepping to dazzle us when she kicks off the American Music Awards on Sunday night. And next year brings her 11th studio album and her first book. Here, we take a look at Miss Jackson’s most memorable moments.
1. Stepping Into the Spotlight
By the time Janet joined the cast of Good Times in 1977, her brothers had already topped the Billboard charts as the Jackson Five. At age 11 (four years after she made her debut onstage with her brothers), Janet joined the cast of the hit sitcom as Millicent “Penny” Woods, a neighbor who suffers abuse at the hands of her mother. Roles on Diff’rent Strokes and Fame followed.
2. Janet Takes Control
She was signed to a recording contract at the age of 16 and released two less-than-successful before hitting her stride in 1986 with Control. With hit singles such as “What Have You Done for Me Lately” and “Nasty,” Janet (Miss Jackson if you’re nasty) asserted her independence and strength as a singer. “Control meant not only taking care of myself but living in a much less protected world,” Janet told Rolling Stone in 1993. She proved that for the Jacksons, singing and dancing is all in the genes.