Whether good, bad, ugly, or somewhere in between, 2019 brought with it some of modern Pop culture’s most memorable moments.
Now, as the year draws to a close, TGJ is reflecting on 31 moments that rocked – and to some degree maybe even reshaped – the Urban and Pop musical landscape as we’ll know it.
First, let’s reflect on Pop queen Janet Jackson‘s amazing year…
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Despite a 40+ year career in entertainment that’s seen her break records and barriers for women of color, Janet Jackson – the youngest of the famous Jackson clan – had been overlooked for inclusion among Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees every year since 2007 – her first year of eligibility. That changed on March 29 when the diva finally got to formally accept her induction into the elusive club via a powerful acceptance speech (seen above).
Paying homage to the trail blazed by her siblings (Jackson 5 were inducted in 1997, brother Michael inducted as a solo artist in 2001), she was sure to thank her familial forerunners and even shout out trailblazing performers who came after her.
After 2018 added a host of awards to her already full mantle, 2019 seemed poised to be just as rewarding in other ways. In addition to the Hall of Fame induction, Jackson rocked Vegas with her first ever residency, ‘Metamorphosis.’
As if that’s not enough, she rocked stages around the world and even celebrated the 30th anniversary of her groundbreaking album, ‘Rhythm Nation,’ and more.
The global attention only increased calls for the diva’s next album, the follow-up to 2015’s chart-topping ‘Unbreakable.’ From where we stand, it’s pretty safe to say Miss Jackson, if ya nasty, had a pretty damn good year.