An undeniable R&B and pop icon Janet Jackson was among inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. During her acceptance speech at the Barclays Center in New York, she recalled how proud she was of her brothers, the Jackson 5 when they were inducted into the rock hall in 1997.
She said that it becoming a singer was not her dream as a child. She wanted to go to college and become a lawyer; but, it was her father’s dream for her to become a performer. She said that encouraged her, and ultimately music became her passion … and she was determined to make it on her own as a solo artist.
Jackson singing career debut took off in 1982 at age 18 with her self-titled, disco-leaning album. Her real artistic breakout came 3 years later with the album ‘Control.’ She became eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2007; and was nominated 3 times.
Janet Jackson she arrives on the red carpet at the ceremony
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Other inductees included: The Cure, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music and The Zombies.
Read the full text of Janet’s speech here.