Friday, July 1, 2022

Janet Jackson Refused to Perform at Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Protest of ‘Leaving Neverland’

Inductee Janet Jackson speaks onstage during the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony – Show at Barclays Center on March 29, 2019 in New York City.
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*Janet Jackson was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Friday (March 29) where she urged organizers to “induct more women” into the foundation.

She also reportedly refused to perform at the ceremony because of HBO’s involvement with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. The premium cable giant is also behind the controversial “Leaving Neverland” documentary, in which two men allege her late brother, Michael Jackson, sexually abused them as children.

Variety reports that a source said Jackson was siding with her family, who deny the allegations levelled against Michael.

“A source tells Variety she declined to participate in a customary musical number because the event will be filmed for later broadcast on HBO, the cable network that aired Leaving Neverland,” the report read.

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Inductee Janet Jackson and Janelle Monáe pose in the press room at the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony – Press Room at Barclays Center on March 29, 2019 in New York City.
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During her acceptance speech on stage at the Barclays Center in New York Friday night, the singer thanked her friends, family and her “beautiful son,” Jackson said: “He wakes me up every single morning singing his own little melodies. He’s only two, you guys. I want you to know that you’re my heart, you’re my life and you have shown me the meaning of real, unconditional love. Mama loves you.”

Janet now joins her famous family in the Hall, as  The Jackson 5 were inducted in 1997, while the King of Pop was inducted as a solo artist in 2001.

“In 1997, my brothers were recognized for their musical passion by being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” she told the audience. “I was so, so proud. As you saw in the clip, I was always crashing their rehearsals. I was always tagging along, always with my brothers.”

Jackson also made a point to thank famed producing duo Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis.

“Can you guys please stand up?,” she asked the pair. “In the mid-80s, you came to A&M Records and you were asked if there was any artist you would want to produce, who would it be? And you guys said Janet. That’s a real story. You guys are my two dads and so much more. You are brilliant producers, incredible songwriters, wise teachers and my great friends. I salute you tonight for the body of work that we created together, but also for your contribution to the world of music. I love you guys.”

Watch her acceptance speech via the clip below:

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.




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