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

->''No, my first name ain't Baby.''
->''It's'' '''''Janet. Ms. Jackson if you're nasty!'''''

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 ''Series/GoodTimes'', ''Series/DiffrentStrokes'', 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)
* ''Unbreakable'' (2015)


[[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"
* "LetsWaitAWhile"
* "What Have You Done For Me Lately?"
* "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)
* "No Sleeep" (with Music/JCole)


[[folder: Filmography ]]

* Film/PoeticJustice (1993) as Justice
* [[Film/TheNuttyProfessor Nutty Professor II: The Klumps]] (2000) as Professor Denise Gaines
* Why Did I Get Married? (2007) as Dr. Patricia Agnew
* Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010) as Dr. Patricia Agnew
* For Colored Girls (2010) as Joanna/Red
!!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".
* BareYourMidriff
* BigBrotherWorship: She's seen by many as the female version of Music/MichaelJackson, although that may be an oversimplification.
* BilingualBonus: The intro and outro of "Funny How Time Flies (When You're Having Fun)" is spoken in [[EverythingSoundsSexierInFrench French]].
* BrainsAndBondage
* BreakoutCharacter: RealLife version. She is the only Jackson not primarily identified by her relationship to Michael.
* BrotherSisterTeam: "Scream" duet with Michael on his [=HIStory=] album.
** When she was younger, she would also [[http://images5.fanpop.com/image/photos/31700000/little-Janet-with-big-brother-Randy-janet-jackson-31760639-382-500.jpg team up with Randy]] to perform in the Jacksons TV show.
* BSide: She even [[MediumAwareness says it]] at the beginning of "And On And On." Other b-sides include "You Need Me," "One More Chance," and "70's Love Groove."
* CallBack: "Shoulda Known Better" from ''Unbreakable'' is about the consequences that can arise from making choices that aren't fully thought out. The song ends with a WhamLine:
-->"I had this great epiphany
-->And ''Rhythm Nation'' was that dream
-->I guess next time I'll know better."
* 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.]]
** "Unbreakable" was a reflection on both losing her brother Michael and her breakup with R&B producer Jermaine Dupri. This time, there was no sex -- her marriage to Qatari business magnate Wissam Al Mana and reported conversion to Islam have toned that all down.
* CoverVersion: She covered Rod Stewart's "Tonight's The Night" for ''The Velvet Rope''.
** She also covered "Rock with You."
* DarkerAndEdgier: ''The Velvet Rope''
* DarkSkinnedRedhead: her look during "The Velvet Rope" era.
* HipHopSoul
* 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.
** One of her concert acts is seating a male audience member in a chair on stage and sensually feeling him up. It's safe to assume that said audience member is perfectly okay with this.
* LetsWaitAWhile: TropeNamer.
* LighterAndSofter: ''All For You'', especially compared to ''The Velvet Rope''.
* MassiveNumberedSiblings
* MetaphorIsMyMiddleName: From "Nasty" on ''Control'': "Privacy is my middle name; my last name is control."
* MsFanservice: ''Especially'' during the ''All For You'' phase. And as mentioned above, she's been known to (ahem) "service" male fans on stage by feeling them up.
* NewJackSwing: ''Control'' was the album that kickstarted the genre and Janet is one of its most successful artists, behind only Bobby Brown and her brother [[Music/MichaelJackson Michael]].
* OlderThanTheyLook: She is currently in her early 50s but could easily pass for late 20s to early 30s.
* OneWomanWail: A very long example forms the centerpiece of the last two minutes of ''This Time''.
* OnlySaneWoman: She’s one of the few family members who wasn’t trying to sponge off of MJ’s fame.
* 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}}: Janet has sampled various songs. Some examples include the following:
** "So Much Betta" samples "Daftendirekt" by Music/DaftPunk.
** "All Nite (Don't Stop)" samples the funky guitar riff from "Hang Up Your Hang Ups" by Herbie Hancock.
** "Someone To Call My Lover" samples the acoustic guitar riff from "Ventura Highway" by Music/{{America}}.
** "All For You" samples "The Glow of Love" by Change.
** "Rhythm Nation" samples "Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)" by Music/SlyAndTheFamilyStone.
*** She seems to really like this, as it was also sampled for "Scream Louder."
* {{Scandalgate}}: Her WardrobeMalfunction during the 2004 UsefulNotes/SuperBowl halftime show was dubbed "Nipplegate" by the media.
* SelfDeprecation: "Didn't quite hit the note, that wasn't such a good time." from "Runaway."
* ShoutOut: On "70's Love Groove," she references lines from other songs on the ''janet.'' album. Namely: "You Want This," "If," "The Body That Loves You."
* UncannyFamilyResemblance: A common joke about her and her brother when she first rose to fame was that they were the same person, as she is indeed the one Jackson sibling who looks the most like him. During one award show, they even introduced themselves by saying "See, we ''are'' different people!"
* WardrobeMalfunction: The {{Trope Namer|s}}.

-->''[[TheStinger That's the end?]]''