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From The Vault: Janet Jackson – ‘That’s The Way Love Goes’/ ‘If’ Live At The 1993 MTV VMA’s

While the masses will be tuning in tonight to witness what is shaping up to be yet another glorious MTV Video Music Awards moment for Beyonce, we’d like to take a second and celebrate a prolific VMA performance which holds a very special place in our vault. Performing a medley of ‘That’s The Way Love Goes’ and ‘If’, we give you Ms. Janet Jackson’s 1993 Video Music Awards showing as this week’s From The Vault pick.

Produced and written by usual suspects Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis alongside the diva herself, the two tracks were respectively the first two singles off Jackson’s eponymous fifth album ‘janet.’ which hit #1 with the largest first week sales for a woman at the time of release. The two singles, arguably two of her signature hits, fared extremely well on the Billboard charts too with ‘Love’ claiming the top spot for 8 consecutive weeks in the US and hitting #2 in the UK while ‘If’ reached the 4th position of the Hot 100 and was a UK Top 20 hit.

Closing the ceremony, Janet opted for a slow start with the sultry and sensuous ‘Love’ nonetheless engaging in ample choreography with her female dancers. For the second chapter of the performance, it seems the ‘Feedback’ singer wanted to remind people of the “stage-blazer” status she acquired during her ‘Rhythm Nation days’: extra dancers, wind machines and of course THAT dance-break were all set in motion to ensure the ceremony went out with a bang during the sickening ’If’.

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With Janet reportedly releasing a new album later this year (which would naturally come with edgy visuals), could next year’s VMA ceremony honor Janet the same way they did Justin Timberlake last year and are about to do Beyonce tonight? Granted she already won the Video Vanguard Award over two decades ago, we’re still salivating at the prospect of a 15+ minutes Janet Jackson performance on the grand stage, and we’re convinced MTV could think of something fresh and exciting to justify such an event.

Only time will tell it seems. In the meantime, we’ll heavily replay this performance and will be glued to our seats tonight, hoping for brand new VMA moments as epic as this.

Janet VMA 93 300x219 From The Vault: Janet Jackson   Thats The Way Love Goes/ If Live At The 1993 MTV VMAs

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27 Comments

  • August 24, 2014 at 1:25 pm
    Jennifer Zaire says:
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    Janet is the G.O.A.T!

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  • August 24, 2014 at 1:32 pm
    Natasha says:
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    Wow! I’ve never seen this. She really was the Queen of Pop! Please come back Janet Jackson!!!!!!!!!!

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    No Way Replied:

    Janet the Queen of Pop? LMAO She has to get past Madonna, Whitney, Mariah and EVEN BRITNEY FIRST, who ALL had more success on the pop charts….

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    Sean Replied:

    God, you have no f****** idea…

    You must not be from the US.

  • August 24, 2014 at 1:32 pm
    pat says:
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    The slayage!!

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  • August 24, 2014 at 1:40 pm
    Mingxx says:
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    Brittany Spears won the MJ Vangaurd Award just like theif beyonce is…so again we are not impressed

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  • August 24, 2014 at 1:50 pm
    #TeamTinashe Stan ("Pretend" Ft. ASAP Rocky On iTunes 8.25.14) says:
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    I was just thinking about the SLAYAGE she did with this performance. In my opinion, best female performace on the VMAs.

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    Sean Replied:

    Yup.

    Call me when Beyonce puts on a show like this. No female has even come close to the level of performance Janet put on back in the day.

    Even today, Janet still has more than any other artist out right now. Seeing this performance really makes you realize how s*** has declined.

    I’m really hoping Janet makes a return this year. She’s left an irreplaceable gap in the music industry.

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  • August 24, 2014 at 1:53 pm
    DD says:
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    I love this performance!

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  • August 24, 2014 at 1:54 pm
    Mark111 ( Did Someone Ask For Cherry Coke?) says:
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    My favorite JJ performance. This performance alone shows that Britney Spears was nothing but a Janet recreational project. #QueenOfPop

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    UGH Replied:

    Go die F-A-G!!!!!

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  • August 24, 2014 at 1:54 pm
    Suicide Blonde says:
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    Even epic performances like this are overlooked by the media, or her performances are not as celebrated as the ones of MJ, Madonna or Beyoncé for that matter. Billboard named their 15 best Mtv vmas performances and Janet wasn’t on the list, i believe, correct me if i’m wrong, she’s truly the definition of underrated or at this point forgotten, sadly.

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    D Replied:

    And she was ranked by Rolling Stone, a bigger publication as having the #6 and #2 Greatest VMA openings so she isn’t forgotten. You constantly try to sneak in little sarcastic remarks whenever her name is brought up on this site. And you always try to insert Madonna’s name into all of her posts. Madonna doesn’t have anything to do with her post so stop constantly bringing her up when she isn’t needed.

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    tits mcgee Replied:

    Good point about Rolling Stone. Billboard can say
    what they want, Janet still earned the most Billboard
    Awards in history, for any artist, ever!

    #Facts

    Stephy. Replied:

    Even tho I want to call you a racist moron for this comment. You are unfortunate right. She has become forgotten in today’s music/generation due to her flopping & being boycotted for the past 10 years. But, you cannot change the minds of those who knows. You know she was a Queen Paul. And, that’s all that matters.

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  • August 24, 2014 at 1:54 pm
    BEYHIVE_MINAJ says:
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    YASSSSS This performance was everything. So classy and s***. Janet is queen.

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  • August 24, 2014 at 2:28 pm
    Greg_N_Greed says:
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    Yahssss, freaking epic. This women is the original Queen.

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  • August 24, 2014 at 2:49 pm
    Navy Nick says:
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    Yes yes yes Gawd: queen honey, this was everything!!! Amen!

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  • August 24, 2014 at 4:07 pm
    tits mcgee says:
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    This Janet performance is perfection!
    #PointBlankPeriod!!!
    #TheQueen

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  • August 24, 2014 at 4:11 pm
    UGH says:
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    Nothing but some tacky, weak, thin prerecorded vocals, a smoke machine, and recycled dance moves from Paula Abdul crazy ass. This b**** is so UGLY & OVERRATED! Good body, but that face… NO MA’AM. She’s just as bad as Cuntdonna ugly inflated face. The worst part about it is that they both SLAY the high school undergrad Partition w**** who is performing tonight and supposed to be the best. No hope for this world.

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    LOL Replied:

    Wow, Janet has you upset, it’s ok. She’s sitting back
    living her life yet she still bothers you? Janet has
    CLEARLY made her huge mark on the industry w/o
    shoving herself in our faces all of the time. #Janetwins

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  • August 24, 2014 at 5:06 pm
    Royalkev says:
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    This performance is just one of the many ways Janet put the P in perfection!

    #TrueQOP

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  • August 24, 2014 at 5:09 pm
    Stephy. says:
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    I f****** love this woman. When I here her voice I instantly “melt away & fall like rain” (in my Mariah voice)… Her music heals my soul. Her lil voice is just so relaxing. I love getting my groove on to her (dancing wise & sexual). This is my second fav era (after 1814). The era spanned 5 classic singles.
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    That’s The Way Love Goes
    Again
    If I Was Your Girl
    You Want This
    Anytime, Anyplace
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    Instant classic album, songs, performances, tour & of course VIDEOS…
    She is one of the QUEENS OF POPULAR MUSIC. Her vision & style & artistry was immaculate. Love you Janet.
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  • August 24, 2014 at 11:42 pm
    No Way says:
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    Janet was lip singing for her LIFE! I cannot respect that…

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    Sean Replied:

    And Beyonce doesn’t lip synch…

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  • August 27, 2014 at 7:59 pm
    mixedupboy says:
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    I love Beyoncé, but she had a 16 minute performance and it didn’t even come close to this!

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