The 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is loaded with Jacksons.
Janelle Monáe will usher in the latest Rock & Rock Hall of Fame inductee with a specially-rehearsed intro speech. I'm talking about Janet Jackson, the other "Jackson," noticeably absent as her deceased brother faces a public uncertain of its laurels.
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Irregardless, Janet Jackson's induction touches on the hopes and dreams of many, especially those who count themselves among the Generation X-Y variant, her music transcending several eras with ease.
Janelle Monáe, herself a bit of an iconoclast or eccentric if you will, will accept the honor of inducting one of her idols. Janet Jackson first acknowledged her induction in a social media posting back in December. We have since learned that Janet will be joined by her brother Michael in the 2019 induction class, alongside Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Bobby Womack, Earth, Wind & Fire, and the late Marvin Gaye.
The actual live event where the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame honorees are officially sworn in - taking place later on in 2019, is reportedly already sold out to paying customers. The induction committee describes Janet Jackson as an impactful artist who tackled issues of "poverty, race relations, and drug use" in her music, while she was at her productive best.