*Janet Jackson hit-up “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on Monday (February 10) where she and the host, along with The Roots accompanying her on classroom instruments, performed a playful version of her hit single “Runaway.”
Watch it go down via the clip above.
The 52-year-old music icon recently announced her Black Diamond World Tour along with a new album called “Black Diamond,” her first in five years since “Unbreakable.”
“It’s the toughest of the stones, of the diamonds, to cut. I heard that immediately. It’s hard to hurt, to destroy. And in my last few years, I’ve come to realize that I’m incredibly strong,” Jackson explained to Fallon about the title (see clips below). “I see myself as this rock, you know, rough around the edges and just want to share some of my strengths and stories.”
Watch more of her conversation with Fallon via the clips below.
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Jackson also dished about recording her 1986 breakout album “Control,” and revealed how a catcalling man inspired the iconic “Ms. Jackson, if you’re nasty” line from her hit “Nasty Boys.”
Hear her tell it via the clip above.
Meanwhile, Essence Festival organizers recently announced Janet Jackson and Bruno Mars will headline this year’s event, and it will mark Janet’s third appearance.
“This is a milestone year for Essence and our community as we celebrate 50 years of creating opportunities for our culture to shine,” said Michelle Ebanks, CEO of Essence Communications Inc., in a statement.
“These two powerhouses, along with our robust slate of programming, performances and tributes, will continue our legacy of cultural excellence. … To Bruno, Janet and all our Essence Festival artists, we say, ‘Welcome home,” she added.
The festival is scheduled to run July 1-5 in New Orleans with a theme of “Own Our Power.”
Other scheduled performers include Janelle Monáe, Patti LaBelle, Ari Lennox, Summer Walker, June’s Diary, Rapsody, Stokley, Tamia and New Orleans’ own, Tank and the Bangas. Estelle also will present a reggae and afrobeats affair, featuring Afro B, Chronnix, Elephant Man, Kranium and more.