Janet Jackson Encourages the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to Induct More Women in Moving Speech
Janet Jackson received the high honour of being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday night. At the NYC ceremony, singer Janelle Monáe introduced Janet, calling her "the legendary queen of black girl magic." Janet then took the stage to accept the accolade and deliver a rousing speech about her journey, as well as her hopes for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's future. "When I was a kid, my dream wasn't to be a singer. I wanted to go to college and I wanted to be a lawyer," the 52-year-old singer revealed. "It was my father's dream. He wanted me to become this wonderful performer." She also reminisced on what it was like watching her brothers from The Jackson 5 get inducted by the Rock Hall in 1997.
Janet then went on to thank her fans and give her 2-year-old son, Eissa (whom she shares with businessman Wissam Al Mana) a shout-out before ending her speech with a powerful call to action. "Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, please, 2020: induct more women," Janet said. "Thank you so much for this honour. I love you so much." See more pictures from Janet's big night ahead, then check out her full speech!