Life as Janet Jackson

Life as Janet Jackson

ESSENCE.COM Sep, 08, 2008

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“I grew up competitive. We even grew up like that as brothers and sisters, but it’s a healthy competition. It keeps me going. It keeps me moving the way music and other things do,” Janet says.

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Janet and Kelis party at Jermaine Dupri’s Grammy bash.

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Janet and Rihanna are all glam at Clive Davis’s pre-Grammy party last month.

“There were people before me who helped make it a lot easier for myself, like Diana Ross, Eartha Kitt and Lena Horne. I did things to try to make it better for those coming up behind me so it wouldn’t be as difficult,” Janet says.

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Janet and Jermaine Dupri are partners in love and business.

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Janet graces the cover of her latest release, Discipline

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“Even though I do feel there’s room for everyone as long as I’m first—no, I’m just kidding! [Laughs].”

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Janet works the red carpet with writer-director-actor Tyler Perry and record exec Antonio “L.A.” Reid at the Why Did I Get Married?premiere.

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Janet with fellow castmates of Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?.

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Janet’s character is demure in one of the final scenes of from Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married?

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“When I first joined Virgin Records we connected and spent a lot of time together similar to a family. Then, a lot of people left. At that point it was time for me to move on and I did,” she says.

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Janet struts her stuff in 1985.

“Discipline has always been a part of me. When I started to perform onstage with my brothers and sisters, I would do my own hair,” she says.