This week’s From The Vault is salutes living legend Janet Jackson, who not only turned 49 years-young yesterday but also confirmed this year will see her bless us with “new music, new world tour and new movement.”
Today – keeping with tonight’s Billboard Awards spirit – our pick comes in the form of Ms. Jackson’s showing at the ceremony in 2006.
With her then-latest release ’20 Y.O.’ serving as a retrospective celebration of her two decades in the music business, Janet seized the moment to further push that theme. She kicked off her performance with a video montage of some of her most notables videos set to the intro of the Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis produced ‘Control.’ She would then break into fan-favorite ‘Pleasure Principal.’
What followed was a pop-lock themed ‘So Excited’ – which she wrote alongside Jimmy & Terry and ex-boyfriend Jermaine Dupri. The song served as the chart-topping album’s second single.
Though the volume on the vocals were gratingly low, Janet’s overall energy was turned all the way up throughout the performance. Armed with her signature troop of dancers, on that night the artist proved – yet again – that any way you slice it, she never lost that magic that made the charts, MTV and concert-goers fall in love with her all those years ago. What’s more, she proved that, in the midst of the nostalgia, she’s able to serve up something fresh, sassy, and relevant to the time.
As keen supporters of Ms. Janet, we couldn’t be more elated about her imminent return. Seven years removed from her last LP ‘Discipline,’ we feel now is the perfect time for the diva to rock the scene and update the blueprint of what a female Pop star should be.
Whether dealing with social issues, expressing her fantasies or singing about love, Janet always brings something new to the table and is never afraid to tell us what has been going on in her world – even when it’s controversial – and we for one cannot wait to find out what the next conversation is going to be.