Janet Jackson is a legend and total badass. And not just for her music. Because I bang with anyone who marries a billionaire, has his kid, divorces him and then runs off into the night with the baby AND the bag. However, waaaaay before that crowning accomplishment Janet has been murdering stages and influencing artists for many years. And I’m not sure why it’s taken this long, but she’s finally being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Janet will be inducted into the 2019 RRHOF class along with Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music, Def Leppard, The Cure and the Zombies on March 29th at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn with a televised ceremony to follow on HBO at a later date. As a sign of appreciation to her fans Janet thanked them with a tweet.
— Janet Jackson (@JanetJackson) December 13, 2018
Janet also released a statement (via Rolling Stone) about her induction and she kept it short, sweet and to the point.
“Thank you Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” she says. “I am truly honored and I am happy to be in there with my brothers.”
I’m going to assume she’s saving all of her energy for the stage just in case they ask her to perform. We don’t need any repeats of her Billboard performance where at one point she looked like she wanted to complete the rest of her set from a La-Z-Boy shuffled around by her dancers. And kudos to the entire Jackson family since Janet’s induction will mark the third time one of their musical acts has been graced with the honor (both The Jackson 5 and brother Michael Jackson have been inducted for their work in the industry). Stevie Nicks was also pleased with being honored for her solo accomplishments, since she was inducted along with her band Fleetwood Mac back in 1998.
“I have a lot to say about this,” Nicks says in a statement, “but I will save those words for later. For now I will just say, I have been in a band since 1968. To be recognized for my solo work makes me take a deep breath and smile. It’s a glorious feeling.”
I think I may actually watch the induction ceremony because I’m hoping we’ll all be treated to a mash up of Nasty Boys and Stand Back. I think that collaboration would automatically become the feminist anthem for 2019.