On Friday night, Janelle Monáe welcomed pop icon Janet Jackson into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“I’m here to induct the Queen of Black Girl Magic,” the “Dirty Computer” singer began while at the ceremony held at the Brooklyn Barclays Center.

“I remember the first time my momma showed me a clip of our Janet Jackson and I saw this resplendent, assertive, talented girl with an afro puff on the top of her head,” she recalled. “And it was just so refreshing to see someone who looked like me and millions of other little black girls around the world. And even then at the earliest stages of her career, you could see she was a different kind of star.”

“History is not complete without you, Janet,” she added.


Jackson, who has joined her brothers Michael and the Jackson 5 as inductees, has become the youngest in her family to have made it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

“In 1997, my brothers were recognized for their musical passion by being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and I was so, so proud… I was always crashing their rehearsals. I was always tagging along, always with my brothers. Tonight, your baby sister has made it in,” Jackson said while accepting the honor.

She then went onto to thank her family and her devoted fans for their support throughout the years. “I want to begin by thanking my incredibly strong family, my wonderful mother, and father, my sisters and my brothers. You guys never stopped believing in me,” she said. “I want to say a personal word to each and every fan. You’ve been with me every step of the way. In all my ups. All my downs. I never have and never will take you for granted. I love you with all my heart.”

Jackson recently wrapped up her State of the World tour, which ran from September 2017 to February 2019. Later this year, she is scheduled to continue touring with a Las Vegas residency, Janet Jackson: Metamorphosis, at the Park Theatre at the Park MGM, which will begin on May 17 and conclude on August 10.

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