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Janet Jackson Is A Freakin' National Treasure And We Are Not Worthy Of Her

"No, my first name ain't 'baby.' It's Janet, Miss Jackson if ya nasty!"

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...there was the incomparable Miss Janet Jackson, the woman who gave birth to the aforementioned dancers. The immensely talented Miss Jackson celebrates her 49th birthday today.

Over the course of her decades-long career, Janet has managed to dabble in and excel at many things — acting, singing, dancing, and philanthropy.

For starters, let's begin with her legendary music career.

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Janet has always been about fun, but did you know the lyrical content of her music goes far beyond ~mindless~ pop jams? On her albums like Control, Rhythm Nation, Janet, and The Velvet Rope, Jackson explores themes of love, sex, depression, and suicide.


And, like, if you have any doubts about her dancing, you should check out her legendary performance of "That's The Way Love Goes" at the '93 VMAs.

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What an effortless slay.


Janet is also a master at throwing shade, which is a talent one must hone as a public figure. Remember that one time she was shady AF about Madonna?


The diva made it very clear that the music she makes and the music Madonna makes are completely different. Scroll to the 3:40 mark for the subtle shade.

And thankfully, Janet will be making more ~classy~ music soon. She released a video last night informing fans of new music and a new world tour coming later this year.

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Hold on to your wigs, because Janet is about to snatch them!

When Janet isn't dominating the world of music, she's probably acting. Remember when she first burst onto the scene as the adorable Penny Woods in Good Times?

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We should've known then that this girl would grow up to be something fierce.

Oh, and remember Poetic Justice?! Those flawless braids had everyone trying to cop Janet's style.

She also got to kiss Tupac. Who would't want to kiss Tupac?! So jealous.

Janet has also been known to stand up for what she believes in. Although considered by many to be a gay icon, she is one of the few pop stars that deliver on trying to make the world a better place for fans who identify as LGBT.

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Janet won a GLAAD Award in 2008 for her work to raise money and diminish the stigma of HIV and AIDS. She's also been working on a documentary called Truth, which has been in the works since 2012 and will focus on shedding light on the lives of transgender people.