Janet Jackson brought the dance party to “The Tonight Show” for her first late-night appearance in 14 years.
The pop icon debuted her new single “Made for Now” with Daddy Yankee on Friday’s show. Joined by dancers from all over the globe, Janet recreated the Dave Meyers-directed music video. African drummers took over the aisles for the opening before Daddy Yankee introduced the pop icon, who emerged in a revolving throne.
Much like the video, the choreographed performance was a dance celebration featuring an international crew from Ghana, Nigeria, Grenada, Trinidad, and the U.S. Decked out in African attire, Janet thrilled with her moves, while Daddy Yankee injected his reggaeton flavor into the feel-good set.
According to “Made for Now” producer Harmony Samuels, the 52-year-old singer is now readying an EP that will include music reminiscent of her Velvet Rope and Control eras. “She does have some classic R&B, but some other stuff that’s grungy where you’ll be like, woo! What vibe is that? Kind of George Michael-esque,” Samuels told Billboard. “But it’s very impressive and people that have listened before me, it feels like she’s gone back to Velvet Rope and Control but it’s new, it’s a different vibe and you can hear that.”
Watch Janet’s electrifying late-night return below.