Around this time last year, the Janet Jackson world was filled with mystery and insecurity. On October 2016 Janet confirmed what everyone already suspected, she was expecting her first child, but the music ICON’s career future was unsure. Fans were afraid Janet would never return to the spotlight, focusing on raising her baby and becoming a full-time mom. Others were thoughtful because of lack of promotion and a wave of delays and postponements during the Unbreakable World Tour, which could have potentially damaged her reputation. But one year later, Janet proved everybody wrong, showing she owns her business and remains one of the best (if not the best) on what she does.
Rumors that “something special” would take place during the Los Angeles stop of the State Of The World Tour started popping last week. On Friday (Oct 6), Janet threw some sort of VIP party in LA. The guests? Most of her past dancers and choreographers! All the ‘Kids’ were there, from Rhythm Nation to Number Ones Tour. Tina Landon, Travis Payne, Tish Oliver, Eddie Morales, Nick Bass…All the dancers we love were there. On Saturday, we got confirmation: all of them spent the Saturday rehearsing together!
On Sunday, Janet performed for a sold-out crowd at the Hollywood Bowl and had an emotional family reunion. Her former backup dancers took the stage during ‘Rhythm Nation’ and were introduced one by one by the singer: “My solo career took off when I was 19 years old. I decided to create a family of my own. I became very close to those who danced with me, but even closer to those who danced on tour with me,” she said. “I spent time with their families. I would stay with them; they would stay with me. I called them the ‘kids.'” Also, many famous faces were spotted in the audience. Heidi Klum, Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera, Nicole Richie, Tinashe and Raven-Symoné were some of them.
Wigs snatched, time to party! The official State Of The World Tour after-party took place at the Lure nightclub and was also filled with VIP guests, friends and celebrities. But the most expected appearance was Janet herself. Rocking a fabulous body inside an off-shoulder top by Saint Laurent and a very slinky leather skirt by Rick Owens, this was Janet’s first red carpet appearance since 2013’s amfAR Gala in Cannes! Yes, she was spotted at the Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience carpet in 2014, but she rushed in so fast we got only one picture took from miles away. We’re so thirsty, JanFam, and we hope Janet keeps giving us more.