Janet Jackson

Patrick Demarchelier

Janet Jackson is an icon. She is an Academy Award nominee, a New York Times best-selling author, a multiple Grammy Award winner, a trendsetter, a businessperson, and a gifted artist—songwriter/producer/singer/actor/dancer. Janet possesses an unprecedented list of achievements, and remains a true inspiration at the forefront of her craft. As an artist, she excites, enlightens, leads, and embraces her fans with insights into life’s meaning.

Janet is ranked as one of the top ten best-selling artists in the history of contemporary music. Her musical style, choreography, lyrical exploration, and self-awareness have made her one of the top artists of our time and a leading influence on the up-and-coming stars of tomorrow.

During her celebrated career, Janet has focused on speaking out and giving back. Several of her tours have raised money for charity. She has supported numerous philanthropic organizations, including the Watts/Willowbrook Boys & Girls Club, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, SOS Children’s Villages in South Africa, and UNICEF. Janet also sponsored an airlift of food and medical supplies to famine-stricken Rwanda. She established the Rhythm Nation Scholarship with the UNCF and has assisted countless students striving to meet their educational goals. Janet has received many humanitarian awards in recognition of her dedication to helping others. Honors reflecting the range of her involvement in charitable and social causes include the NBA’s 2004 Touching a Life Humanitarian and Philanthropic Award, the Lisa Lopes Foundation’s 2008 Humanitarian of the Year Award, and GLAAD’s 2008 Vanguard Award. Her efforts have also been recognized by AIDS Project Los Angeles, the Congress for Racial Equality, and the NAACP.

As an ambassador for amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, Janet chaired a charity gala in Milan that raised more than $1 million for AIDS research. “This battle needs all of us to be brave warriors,” she said during the event. Janet continues to set an example of generosity, empowerment, and tolerance by helping to lead efforts that address some of society’s greatest challenges.