Janet Damita Jo Jackson, sister of the ridiculously famous Michael and the other members of The Jackson Five, has managed to become worldly famous in her own right, emerging from the shadows of her brothers' fame. She was born on May 16th, 1966 to Joseph and Katherine Jackson,…more
After Janet's breast-baring incident at Super Bowl XXXVIII, she canceled an appearance at the 2004 Grammy Awards show. She was told by CBS that she would only be allowed to go if she apologized for the Super Bowl incident (which Justin Timberlake agreed to do), but she declined.
Over three and a half years after Janet's Super Bowl XXXVIII incident, she still gets hassled about it. During an October 10th, 2007 satellite interview, she was harassed by a host of a CBS station's show Good Day Sacramento who asked her about her Super Bowl mishap, although it was previously made clear that Janet only wanted to discuss her upcoming movie, "Why Did I Get Married?"
Janet has won five Grammys. Her first was in 1989 for "Best Music Video - Long Form" (for "Rhythm Nation 1814"). Her second was in 1993 for "Best Rhythm and Blues Song" (for "That's the Way Love Goes"). Her third was in 1995 for "Best Music Video, Short Form" (for "Scream"), which her brother Michael also performed in. Her fourth was in 1997 for "Best Short Form Music Video" (for "Got 'Till It's Gone"). Her fifth was in 2001 for "Best Dance Recording" (for "All For You").
Janet Jackson was nominated for a Golden Globe in 1994 for "Best Original Song - Motion Picture" for her song "Again" in the movie Poetic Justice, but she did not win.
In December 2006, Janet admitted she had joined the mile-high club (a group of people who have had sex on an in-flight airplane) - but it was in her seat, not in a restroom.
The 'Jo' in Janet's middle name is derived from her father's name, Joe Jackson.
Janet's rarest album to date is her sophomore album DreamStreet. It is the hardest to find in the United States, and (according to some sources), is only available on cassette.
She 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.
She has always wanted, and still wants to go back school to study law.
Her favorite designers are John Galliano, Dolce and Gabbana and Jean-Paul Gaultier.
The album Janet produced six top 10 hits and sold over 15 million copies.
Janet's third album Control sold over 10 million copies worldwide and produced five top 5 hits.
Janet's sophomore album Dream Street reached #147 on Billboard and sold only 200,000 copies.
Janet's first album Janet Jackson peaked at #63 on the Billboards and sold a disappointing 250,000 copies.
She won 9 Billboard Awards in 1990 for "Rhythm Nation 1814."
Her favorite singers are Ella Fitzgerald and Marvin Gaye.
She has four dogs: Riley (a Rottweiler), Dylan (a Boxer), Madison (a miniature Schnauzer) and Pockets (an Australian shepherd-cross).
Her nickname "Dunk" was coined to describe her sturdy body, which her brother Michael claimed resembled a donkey.
She was ranked #77 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock 'N' Roll.
Janet's right breast was "accidentally" exposed during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII in February 2004 when co-performer Justin Timberlake reached around and grabbed a detachable part of her outfit. They admit that they privately planned the move after rehearsals had ended, but still maintain that the exposure was accidental. They say that a red bra was to be revealed, not her bare breast.
She 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.
Janet is the former sister-in-law of the R&B singer El DeBarge.
She was voted one of "The 10 Sexiest Women of 2001" by the readers of Black Men Magazine.
She is the only member of the famous Jackson family to ever be nominated for an Academy Award - in 1994 as co-writer of the song "Again" from Poetic Justice.
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.
Janet has been with her current boyfriend, rapper/producer Jermaine Dupri, since 2002. As of October 2007, they are discussing the possibility of getting married.
Janet: I might be allergic to marriage ... I've done it twice before and I'm afraid I might be a jinx.
Janet: My friends still tell me that I'm very generous and I'm still loving, but I'm not quite as gentle or loving as I used to be after going through relationships and things like that. There's a little bit of a wall that I'm trying to work on, but yet I don't want it to all come down.
Janet: We're all judgmental and I try my hardest not to be and just try and keep a clean slate, but you just never know what's going on behind closed doors.
Janet: Before I started singing, my first passion was acting. I put the weight on for a film I was to do with Lee Daniels. They wanted to see me in a different light, as a heavier woman. They really wanted to make it a statement in the film. I was excited about it. We were supposed to shoot right after Jermaine's birthday party, but they had to push the film back. The timing didn't quite work with trying to finish my album, and unfortunately I wasn't able to do the film. So I found myself having to take this weight off a lot quicker than I had planned.
Janet: When I come home from a club, I have a huge bowl of Frosted Flakes. I only have it once in a blue moon - because I can't have just one bowl.
Janet: My first crush was Barry Manilow. He performed on TV and I taped it. When no one was around I'd kiss the screen.
Janet: A couple of years ago I recorded some tracks with Rich Harrison. But none of that music will appear on my new album. I have a tight rein on all of the music that has been recorded.
Janet: MTV regrets this [SuperBowl XXXVIII breast baring] incident occurred and we apologize to anyone who was offended by it.
Janet: I'm just trying to get used to living on a fixed income. Now, it's going to get unfixed.
Janet: I do not have a child and all allegations saying so are false.
Janet: Touring is very grueling. It's very taxing on the body and living out of your suitcase, going from city to city, night after night. It's a tough job.
Janet: I used to hurt so badly that I'd ask God why, what have I done to deserve any of this? I feel now He was preparing me for this, for the future. That's the way I see it.
Janet: 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.
Janet: I'm convinced that we black women possess a special indestructible strength that allows us to not only get down, but the get up, to get through, and to get over.
Janet: I think it's great if a guy has a good sized package.
Janet: You have to be careful with the clitoris, because if the piercer doesn't know what he's doing, it can be numbed for good.
Janet: It is my belief that we all have the need to feel special. It is this need that can bring out the best in us, yet the worst in us.
Janet: I can't believe people got so upset at the sight of a single breast! America is so parochial, I may just have to move to Europe where people are more mature about things like that!
Janet: 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.
Janet: You don't have to hold on to the pain, to hold on to the memory.
Janet: Ever since I was little, I loved to eat. I started eating when I wasn't hungry. My weight has always been up and down.
Janet: My biggest guilty pleasure is strawberries and whipped cream. I also exercise like crazy for up to two hours a day, six days a week, playing basketball and tennis in between sets of lunges and squats.