Janet Jackson Gets Nasty at ESSENCE Music Festival

Janet Jackson

After being asked numerous times over the last 15 years to perform, Janet Jackson finally accepted ESSENCE’s invitation to headline this year’s ESSENCE Music Festival at the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans on Friday (July 2). “They’ve asked me for a while to be a part of the festival and my schedule never really permitted it,” Ms. Jackson explained to CNN.

The pop superstar, dressed as a futuristic dominatrix, pleased old and new fans with material including “The Pleasure Principle,” “Control,” “Rhythm Nation,” and her latest single “Nothing.” She even catered to one lucky male fan onstage in an S&M sequence, complete with whips and a straitjacket.

Monica, Charlie Wilson, Raphael Saadiq, and Chrisette Michele also performed earlier in the day.

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63 Comments

  1. Dawo

    this is NOT JANET”s STYLE,she is a wannabe MADONNA,feel really sorry for her,still on that TRIP :( Janet is OVER,Nobody likes this New Horny Janet.lol
    look at her legs=OMG,and she stole MADONNA”S OUTFIT.lol Rhinnas hairstyle,this is NOT JANET

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  2. JanetFAAn

    Dawo shutup, all u do is trash janet one sec, and then bum her a sec later.

    AND THE HAIRCUT IS FOR A MOVIE DUMBASS ‘colored girls’ with Whoopie Goldberg!

    go bum ugly old muscley madonna

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  3. jahnasia arnold

    im 13 i love you janet ,,,, wow really dont nobody wanna be no freakinnq rhianna or madonna so you can just stop hatinn on janet jackson 4real stop judginn ppl look at yourself b4 u judge other ppl then yu will realize how iqnorant n jealous u sound so do uss all a favor if u dont like janet jackson then hope off of her move on you a hater n her haters keep her motovated nway not wastin ma time on yuuu GOODBYE love you miss jackson r.i.p michael love you babyy – janet keep yah head up qurll

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  4. myalilbro

    ::dawo:: baby calm down any ways im from new orleans and i was there omg janet baby that was all you she killed it she freaking killed it last nite she was the bomb i cant belive i was that close to her ::dawo:: modonna nor rihanna will never be like janet

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  5. jinksta

    dawo must be a young person. Or he would know that Janet has been “nasty” since she made the song in 1986. In fact, she has done this S&M sequence by
    pulling a male from the audience since the 90′s. But of course we are in a time when people only know what they see now, last year or yesterday. Understand that Janet set the tone for what MOST of the women performers do today. So apparently DAWO doesn’t know Janet at all.

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  6. Dawo

    @jahnasia arnold

    Mega Suppa Duppa Ultra Love You OMG :)
    I NOT a hater,I just say that what I see,and this is NOT Janet.lol

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  7. Dawo

    @jinksta

    I am 37 Years Old and Imma a Fan of the Oldschool Janet,The Classy Sexy Elegant >Janet,and Not of this New Cheap Horny Old Chick,all I see is Rihannas Hairstyle and Madonnas Costume,this has nothing to do with Hate,its Janet NOT me. Thank You Mwah Happy 4th July tomorow.

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  8. LeeNeverXisted

    Who the fuck is Janet? Madonna is the Queen of Pop. This janet bitch is a certified stripper! Justin Timberlake can vouch for me lmao.

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  9. Jordyn

    Who is Janet? Madonna is the Queen of Pop and death at her still trying to be young. Chile please!
    Janet is a certified stripper and Justin Timberlake can vouch that he has had a lap dance from her!

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  10. ...

    rihanna’s not the first bitch with short hair nor will she be the last.

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  11. cheeser

    @DAWO wat u fail to realize is janet has always reinvented herself. and with her haircut, i dont think shes trying to be rihanna let her do her, she has more money than u ever will have so she can do wat she wants to…. and with the costume..umm hello did u see her last 3 tours? she is known for pushing the envelope. what would u have her wear? a tshirt and some jeans. then u would say shes looking like a bum lol… i understand this aint janet ” to u”, but what rock have u been hiding under for the past 15 yrs

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  12. ...

    and if you think janet’s still trying to be young and madonna’s not, you’re trippin’. the hard candy album cover? the collaborations with neptunes/timbaland? c’mon now…there’s stanning and then there’s stupidity

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  13. Dawo

    lol

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  14. Shamn

    All this for Janet r u kidding me. What r y’all fusing over.
    And why is Janet copying Lady GaGa AGAIN!

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  15. !AL.(BUTCH)SMITH,JR.

    Janet Jackson: U GO GIRL.
    KEEP ON PUSHING!!!

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  16. Andre Le Dale

    Rihanna, Madonna, Gaga;s name on a Janet Jackson post, WOW Janet just killed last night & yall mad LMAO.

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  18. Tonya

    I’ve been a fan of Janet and Michael for years and had the pleasure of being at the concert and you know what SHE DID THE DAMN THANG the house was packed and to all of you hating her new look Do you actually think she gives a DAMN what you think? I would love to see what you look while trying to pass judgement. If you don’t like it don’t look!

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  20. sandy

    back again, superhot!

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  21. Rashaan

    People kill me! If you do not like Janet then why waste your time posting negative stuff it is just stupid and pointless! now I love me some Rhianna and GaGa but if there was no Janet I am here to to tell you there would be none of them…..Janet has always been Janet and never tried to fit the mold because she has always been it! Look at Britney in concert it is a replica of Janet’s past efforts. I was there at the festival and let me tell you that GaGa, Rhianna, Britney, Ciara will always wish they are relavant after 25+ years in the industry! At 44 Janet is still shutting it down moving and looking better than most have her age. The hate makes people look really stupid because the reviews are in for her performances and they are all positive. At the end of the day Janet’s true fans will always stick with her no matter what! You go Jan!

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  23. Kev

    Who the f*ck is Rihanna she owes her whole existence to Janet Jackson… please Janet Jackson is in her 40′s and killin it that’s a bad bish for real! And wow as if Madonna is young… pretty sure she’s 50 plus a couple years… Janet is a trend setter and anyone you speak of (Lady GAG-a, Rih Rih, etc.) all have taken notes from Ms. Jackson. Hell yes I stan for my boo I love her and I bet you she killed that shit last night… real talk wish I could have been there. And who you talkin bout cuz that short hair is bad as hell Janet is my mom’s age and lookin damn good! Okay enough of my rant

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  24. LShea

    How the hell is EVERYBODY copying off of Lady GagGag? Come on now – APPARENTLY NOW SHE’S INVENTED MUSIC AND FASHION ITSELF. Some people are so stupid it’s beyond belief. I really think that people have lost the ability to perform rational thought. Janet is still holding it up after all this time, and I do NOT see how Janet is supposedly a stripper but GagGag, Rihanna, and Madonna, and the others aren’t – I don’t hate them but let’s be fair, here. I’m not a Janet stan or even a fan by ANY means but comments like those are beyond ridiculous.

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  25. JD

    The music biz must be in a sad state once people have the nerve to say that Miss Jackson is copying gaga. Why would some1 who has 20-30 years in the biz feel the need to copy a wannabe britney/madonna/christina? And sweety just because your 37 years old doesnt mean you have the best taste in music. And if you had clear eye sight youd know that janet has never copied anyone in her entire career. So you need to sit down with that bs.

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  26. Andre Le Dale

    Attention: DAWO, is something crazy don’t entertain this man he has serious issues. He creates chaos everywhere he goes ask JANET-XONE.COM lol.

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  28. momo

    @dawo
    are yu a fan or a hater. Pick one please! Will definitely be letting Janet Xone know about yu

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  29. Zay

    Lmao well Janet still has the haters talking so she doing something right

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  30. Cassive

    I don’t know how old this woman is but what I do know is she’s still flippin’ sexy.

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  31. Lisa

    Janet is the Queen, you trailer trash hoes can keep Oldonna. Madonna never wrote as good as Janet, never sang as good as Janet, music was never as good as Janet and sure as hell never danced as good as Janet. Janet is the Queen of natural reinvention. Madonna came out with a new album every 2 years and never had a natural growth, she just did it to seem like she had grown so much. Janet took extended breaks and grew naturally. Madge better learn from the baddest chick ever Miss Janet Jackson.

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  32. ThePleasurePrincipal

    Don’t argue over who’s better…it’s not even a competition. Janet Jackson is the Queen of Pop… it’s in her blood and also in her hits. For those who’s saying they don’t like this freaky old chick, Janet Jackson is 44 not 52… Madonna should be the one calming down. Janet has always been a sex symbol and she still does it well. BTW, these costumes are modified from the 2008 “Rock Witchu Tour”….people shouldn’t speak on things they have no clue about. The space theme compliements her last album…do your research negative commenters…

    On any note: Janet looks amazing as usual and glad to see her back on the stage after two years. Keep it up J..

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  33. LShea

    She’s still got it, btw. She looks great!

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  34. Dawo

    @ JD

    Janet has never copied anyone ? You really need to Open your Eyes before you open your MOUTH,Janet had CLASS,She was SEX & CUTE BEFORE she met Your A..
    NOBODY likes Your Work for JANET,this is your 3Rd Time you FAIL,and you wont STOP with this BORING Sh..
    You need to Stay AWAY=Not Me,I Love Janet,and I Never STOP Loving her,but its very SAD to see she Lost the Good TASTE=since she is with you,anyway fact is that Janet wears a MADONNA Costume & Rihnannas Hairstyle,and this is NOT JJ.lol its just Ridicilous.

    the most people cant stand the TRUTH,I know its sad but TRUTH.lol

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  35. Dawo

    Mariah never Loose her DIVA Status,She acts like a DIVA,and she is a REAL DIVA,She never trys to Act like someone else.
    JANET had the same STATUS,Everyone made a comeback=beside Janet,and why ? because she is Still on the same ole Trip,and this for how Long Now=6 Years,Not Creative always the same,the only new thing is Madonnas Costume,and this is really a Joke,Im not talking what the media writes etc.. I talk about what I think,and it really seems that you have an Problem with.lol

    HAPPY 4th July :) Greetings

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  36. JanetFan

    Dawo you chat so much shitt!

    Janet is the queen and always will be.. watch her next album drop sore to number one worldwide like the queen she is!

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  37. MikeHarris

    JANET SEXY QUEEN

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  38. Andre Le Dale

    I can so smell a new album coming from her next year and a world tour. She’s filming two movies this year, they will both drop next year. A book to come out in the fall. Janet will always and forever be that chick.

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  39. Andre Le Dale

    I wonder how Alicia Keys did last night? Any footage rap-up?

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  40. ciara sexiest woman alive

    what u talkin bout willis?

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  41. ciara sexiest woman alive

    wonder why she never makes that forbe’s list?

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  43. Andre Le Dale

    FACT: Janet’s a performer not a preacher. FACT: Janet doesn’t have any KIDS. FACT: Janet came on stage @ 11:30 pm and finish around 1:40am, if their were any kids in the audience, those parents deserved to get their asses whipped. FACT: Essence has been asking Janet Jackson to attend this show for the pass 15 years. People should have known what to expect. FACT: Janet showed her ass (literally), got on back on a plane that same morning and was back in ATL finishing up her movie…. We are in a new week and Janet is still the talk on town who mad????

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  46. nikki

    Janet’s performance was amazing! She absolutely killed the show on Friday!! Janet girl, you still got it!! I can’t wait to get this year’s dvd so I can see it all again!

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  47. Deedlit

    I’m a huge Janet fan, but also a Madonna and a Rihanna fan. I don’t feel I have to cut down one diva to build up another one. Janet has been doing her thing for years and doing it well! She is always fresh and innovative, so much so that a good number of younger performers give her credit as an inspiration. So I’m not gonna tear down Rihanna who’s out there doing her own thang or Madonna who is an innovator in her own right just because some people are too short-sighted to see the truth of things. Great show, Miss Janet!

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  48. anthony whitlow

    I think that it is comical for people to continue to trash Ms Jackson. This is directed at Dawo. Do your homework. This woman has sold over 150 million albums, her Janet album was the first album by a female in history to debut at number one. Her Janet tour sold out more stadiums than any other artist in history( besides her brother). She has broken every record known to man, and furthermore she influenced every pop artist that came after her: Beyonce, Britney, Ciara, Christina, Aaliyah(R.I.P), and many more. This woman is a legend and one hell of a positive, black, influential woman. Dawo, i think you just schooled and owned. Have a good day.

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  49. Evan Schwartz

    First of all Janet wasn’t trying to make a comeback. She hasn’t gone anywhere. The head of the Essence Music Festival has been trying to get her to headline for years and she finally agreed to do it. The show sold out in a matter of minutes(faster than any show in previous years). The show was incredible and Janet continues to prove that she has nothing to prove. She is incredible and her career is in a great place. She didn’t steal anyone’s anything. “Remember that Ciara, Britney, Rihanna all live in the house that Janet built.” They aren’t confused, so dont you be DAWO.

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  50. Evan Schwartz

    Also, Janet cut her hair for a movie role. She is currently filming it here in Atlanta. It just happened to be the same time as her performance. I doubt she will keep it, but it looks fantastic. Janet has set records that RiRi and Gaga want to beat, but don’t have a chance with most of them.

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  51. Rhys

    I am 16 and I love janet she is an amazing singer and dancers I live in the uk and did not get to go to the essence music festival So hope she put in on DVD  

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  52. Dawo

    anthony whitlow

    honey,Janet sold 55 Million Albums Worldwide,Please Darling do your homework,Whitney sold 190 Million/Mariah 190 Million/Madonna 270 Million etc…

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  53. Evan Schwartz

    Actually, Dawo, Janet has sold over 100 million worldwide. She has sold 60 million in the U.S. alone. You really should check your facts before you run your mouth. Control and Rhythm Nation sold 14 million a piece. The Janet album sold 26 million worldwide. If you count her singles, it actually is close to 150. Mariah Carey sold the amount she did, because you could buy her singles at Blockbuster and other stores that didn’t even sell music at the time. It pays to marry the head of a record company.

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  54. Dawo

    Evan Schwartz

    you need to do your homework before u open you naive mouth.
    1) Janet sold 26 Million albums in the USA(dumb azz)
    2) Janet album 1993 sold 14 Million Worldwide copies,and not 26 mil or 19 mill.lol
    3)dont count the singles,and if you do=Mariah has sold almost 500 Million then=as Whitney,and Moadonna over 700 million.lol so please stop talking sh.t

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  55. Evan Schwartz

    You are a moron and your numbers are not accurate. You apparently don’t know anything about the music industry. You are talking to someone that does. Your a dumbass.

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  56. Dawo

    yeah right.lol

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  57. ladyc

    WTF Janet keep doing ur shit nobody don’t have too get what u are doing and how u doing it u and ur brothers has give so much to all ur fans ur ture fans and all the haters can step the fuck off

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  58. e lee w

    um was rihanna or madonna asked to perform at the festival or been asked the last 15 years? i dont think so lol and why would janet want to rip off an old hag or a beyonce wannabe…btw beyonce herself is a wannabe, madonna is who she is today because she over exposed herslef and shocked the audience her music is less relevant than her image itself, Janet did do things similar but never crossed the line besides the superbowl but hey she had an album coming ot and the supoerbowl was great p.r. it aint like she did video pornography or a sex book now that right there is downright desperate…Janet is the queen of pop…hands down.

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  59. nene

    Exactly Janet is the Queen of Pop ( Queen of Urban Pop) she has hits in ever main music genre. I mean duh this chick is the baddest. And i am not just saying this bcuz mj is her brother.She has influenced many generations through her crisp dance oves. Plus she can sing, dance , act play the Keyboard/Piano and she writes some of her songs and co produces on her albums. Cmon she is so ver talented she is a well rounded artist. It doesn’t matter is she only sales 10 records she id very influential. All hail The Officail QUEEN OF Pop. My fellow Janet fans fight hard , buy her albums and continue to watch Janet’s vids. Queen of Pop, JANET JACKSON.No one else.

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  60. SPURS

    madonna is the queen of pop

    janet is nobody outside usa

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  61. SPURS

    madonna has sold 300MILLION ALBUMS

    JANET ONLY SOLD 60 MILLION ALBUMS

    madonna is the queen of pop

    janet is nobody outside usa

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  62. SPURS

    JANET IS QUEEN MY ASS

    SHES EVEN SOLD LESS ALBUME THAN BRITNEY IN USA

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  63. Kristina

    Just to set the record straight Janets not trying to be young,,,, she’s 45 and still full of energy…and I think Janet is acting her age all the way…this was just a new look…Janet changes her looks over the years of each project..and im pretty sure if your a Janet Fan you know that….And Janet is confidant and feels good with her body so she wants to show it off…..When Janet gets 55 Then I think it’s time to slow down….but until then Janet do you Hunny….This is your NumberOneTeenFan – Kristina :D

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