Yesterday (May 16), Janet Jackson celebrated her 51st birthday – 51 has never looked more better. As Janet celebrates her first birthday as a new-time mom, she’s also getting ready for the return of her Janet State of the World Tour. Although, she has so many new things happening in her life, it could never be forgotten how many great music videos she has blessed the world with. Countdown with Jetlag as we give you Janet’s top five best music videos of her career.
5. “That’s the Way Love Goes”
The video to this song is so cute, only because it’s very realistic. It’s starts off with Janet’s friends begging her to let them hear this new song that she’s been working on. Kind of what every friend does when they have to persuade their other friend to stop being shy and let them see/hear the finishing product. Throughout the video she and her friends dance to the tune as she sings along and jokes with them. This video also introduced Jennifer Lopez to the media before she got her big break. It was nominated three times at the 1993 MTV Video Music Awards.
4. “The Pleasure Principle”
The video was so simple, yet chic at the same time. It shows Janet practicing her dance moves in a loft sporting high-waisted black jeans, black t-shirt, and a cropped denim jacket – she looked so good without even trying. To be so simple, it caught the attention of many around the world. All she needed were those great dance moves and soft angelic voice. The video earned Janet two nominations at the 1988 MTV Video Music Awards, which she won the category for Best Choreography in a Video.
Not only is the song memorable, but the video was everything and more. Janet oozed sex from her appearance, the lyrics, and astounding choreography, which was choreographed by Tina Landon. Janet makes an everlasting appearance at an Asian nightclub, showing off her sexy dancing skills while catching the eye of everyone in her surroundings. Definitely one of Janet’s sexiest videos of all time. The video gained Janet three nominations at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards; she walked away winning the category for Best Female Video.
2. “Rhythm Nation”
The video takes place in a warehouse with Janet fully dressed from head to toe in a unisex military-based uniform. To most looking, it might seem like another video of Janet dancing her behind off, but there’s more to it than that. Janet said the wardrobe was an indication of gender equality, which is what the song is about. That’s why they were all dressed alike and the visual was in black and white – to showcase racial harmony. Love it! “Rhythm Nation” earned Janet two nominations at the 1990 MTV Video Music Awards. She walked away with Best Choreography in a Video, and that same year she was honored the Video Vanguard Award.
1. “Scream” (featuring Janet Jackson)
Look up the word iconic or legendary in the dictionary, and a captured shot of this music video is what you’ll see. The video takes place with Janet and her brother Michael, on a large spacecraft going far away from earth and all of its chaos dealing with the media. As they stated in the lyrics, “Somebody please have mercy, cause I just can’t take it! Stop pressuring me, just stop pressuring me, stop pressuring me, make me want to scream!” They’re way out in the galaxy with each other having fun and being at peace. The video is all around entertaining, especially during their unforgettable dance break. The king and queen of dance took music videos to another level. “Scream” earned them both 11 nominations at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards. They managed to walk away with three: Best Dance Video, Best Choreography in a Video, and Best Art Direction in a Video.
Janet Jackson may have the legendary last name, but her work definitely speaks for itself. She never lived in the shadow of Michael, which is why she’s been able to maintain a successful career. Women in the media like Ciara, Kelly Rowland, and Tinashe all lookup to Miss Jackson as an inspiration. Her work is undeniable and her success is not to be questioned. She is truly one of music’s victorious queen.