[[caption-width-right:350:Ms. Jackson if you're nasty]]

->"''Dancing around like you think you're Janet Jackson''"
-->--'''The Music/BeastieBoys''', "Professor Booty"

Janet Damita Jo Jackson (born May 16, 1966) is an American recording artist and actress. Born in Gary, Indiana, and raised in Encino, Los Angeles, she is the youngest child of the Jackson family of musicians. She first performed on stage with her family beginning at the age of seven, and later started her career as an actress with the variety television series The Jacksons in 1976. She went on to appear in other television shows throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, including GoodTimes and Fame.

At age sixteen in 1982, she signed a recording contract with A&M, releasing her self-titled debut album the same year. She faced criticism for her limited vocal range, and for being yet another member of the Jackson family to become a recording artist. Beginning with her third studio album ''Control'' (1986), she began a long-term collaboration with record producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Her music with Jam and Lewis incorporated elements of rhythm and blues, disco, funk, and rap with sample loop, triplet swing and industrial beats, which led to crossover appeal in popular music. In addition to receiving recognition for the innovation in her albums, choreography, music videos, and prominence on MTV, Jackson was acknowledged as a role model for her socially conscious lyrics.

In 1991, she signed the first of two record-breaking, multi-million dollar recording contracts with Virgin Records, which established her as one of the highest paid artists in the music industry. Her debut album under the Virgin label, ''janet.'' (1993), saw Jackson develop a public image as a sex symbol as she began to explore sexuality in her work. That same year, she appeared in her first starring film role in ''Film/PoeticJustice'' opposite Music/TupacShakur; since then she has continued to act in feature films. By the end of the 1990s, she was named the second most successful recording artist of the decade. ''All for You'' (2001) became her fifth consecutive studio album to hit number one on the Billboard 200 album charts. In 2007, she changed labels, signing with the Island Def Jam Music Group and released her tenth studio album ''Discipline'' the following year.

Having sold over 100 million records worldwide, Jackson is ranked as one of the best-selling artists in the history of contemporary music. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) lists her as the eleventh best-selling female artist in the United States, with 26 million certified albums. Her longevity, records and achievements reflect her influence in shaping and redefining the scope of popular music. She has been cited as an inspiration among numerous performers.

[[folder: Discography: ]]

* ''Janet Jackson'' (1982)
* ''Dream Street'' (1984)
* ''[[NewSoundAlbum Control]]'' (1986)
* ''Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation 1814'' (1989)
* ''[[HotterAndSexier janet.]]'' (1993)
* ''[[DarkerAndEdgier The Velvet Rope]]'' (1997)
* ''All for You'' (2001)
* ''Damita Jo'' (2004)
* ''20 Y.O.'' (2006)
* ''Discipline'' (2008)


[[folder: Remix albums: ]]

* ''Control: The Remixes'' (1987)
* ''janet. Remixed'' (1995)


[[folder: Compilations: ]]

* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum Design of a Decade 1986/1996]]'' (1995)
* ''[[GreatestHitsAlbum Number Ones / The Best]]'' (2009)


[[folder: Notable songs: ]]

* "Nasty"
* "When I Think of You"
* "Control"
* "Let's Wait Awhile"
* "The Pleasure Principle"
* "Diamonds" (with Herb Alpert & Lisa Keith)
* "Funny How Time Flies (When You're Having Fun)"
* "Miss You Much"
* "Rhythm Nation"
* "Escapade"
* "Alright"
* "Come Back to Me"
* "Black Cat"
* "Love Will Never Do (Without You)"
* "The Best Things in Life Are Free" (With Luthor Vandross)
* "That's the Way Love Goes"
* "If"
* "Again"
* "Any Time, Any Place"
* "Scream" (With Music/MichaelJackson)
* "Throb"
* "You Want This"
* "Runaway"
* "Twenty Foreplay"
* "Got 'til It's Gone"
* "Together Again"
* "I Get Lonely" (featuring Blackstreet)
* "What's It Gonna Be?!" (with Music/BustaRhymes)
!!This singer provides examples of:
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: She reportedly refused to make out with Music/TupacShakur while filming ''Poetic Justice'' until he was tested for HIV, even though it was common knowledge by the early 90's that the virus is not transmitted that way.
** Apparently, it was someone from her camp that asked Tupac to get tested with speculation being that it was either her then husband (Rene Elizando, who had a small role in the movie), or someone else from her camp.
* AutoTune: Employs this to full effect in "All For You".
* BigBrotherWorship: She's seen by many as the female version of Music/MichaelJackson, although that may be an oversimplification.
* BrainsAndBondage
* BreakoutCharacter: RealLife version. She is the only Jackson not primarily identified by her relationship to Michael.
* BrotherSisterTeam: Sang a duet with Michael on his [=HIStory=] album.
* CreatorBreakdown / DarkerAndEdgier: ''The Velvet Rope'' by far.
* ConceptAlbum: All her "official" albums have been like this, to an extent.
** ''Control'' was about becoming independent and discovering relationships.
** ''Rhythm Nation'' was about social justice and political agenda, as well as love and hope.
** ''janet.'' was about sexual relationships and expressing one's freedom through sex.
** ''Velvet Rope'' was about depression as well as continuing ''Rhythm Nation'' and ''janet.'' 's themes of social issues and sex.
** ''All For You'', ''Damita Jo'' and ''20 Y.O'' were about letting go, having fun and having a lighter attitude towards sex.
** ''Discipline'' was about the future and dancing. [[OverlyLongGag And sex.]]
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: her look during "The Velvet Rope" era.
* HotterAndSexier: ''Rhythm Nation 1814'' was this to ''Control'', ''janet.'' was this to ''Rhythm Nation 1814'', ''The Velvet Rope'' was this to ''janet.'', ''All For You'' was this to ''The Velvet Rope'', and ''Damita Jo'' was this to ''All For You''.
* IntercourseWithYou: '''Good lord, woman.'''
** She even has various songs about specific acts! S&M, public sex, casual party sex, fellatio, cunnilingus, B&D, masturbation, pole dancing, probably plenty of others.
* LighterAndSofter: ''All For You'', especially compared to ''The Velvet Rope''.
* MetaphorIsMyMiddleName: From "Nasty" on ''Control'': "Privacy is my middle name; my last name is control."
* MsFanservice
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Woman]]: She was the only one in her family who really cared about Michael.
* TropeCodifier: She codified many tropes for female pop/R&B singers in the decades since she became popular, such as her performance style, fashion and even her ability to crossover into the mainstream from R&B music (which historically has been somewhat difficult for non-white artists).
* TheRival: She and Music/{{Madonna}} had a heated rivalry that lasted until Michael Jackson's death in 2009.
* {{Sampling}}: ''Discipline'''s "So Much Betta" samples from the song [[Music/DaftPunk "Daftendirekt"]]
* {{Scandalgate}}: Her WardrobeMalfunction during the 2004 SuperBowl halftime show was dubbed "Nipplegate" by the media.
* WardrobeMalfunction: The {{Trope Namer|s}}.