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MTV Icon: Janet Jackson (2001)

MTV's inaugural "ICON" event pays tribute to Janet Jackson, in a production that's 90% tribute, 10% celebrity roast. The timeline of Janet's career is explored through widescreen ... See full summary »


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Credited cast:
Janet Jackson ... Herself
Jimmy Jam ... Himself - Producer
Katherine Jackson ... Herself - Mother
Sean 'Diddy' Combs ... Himself (as Sean Combs)
Kurt Loder ... Himself - MTV Reporter (archive footage)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Aaliyah ... Herself
Christina Aguilera ... Herself
Steven Ameche Steven Ameche ... Himself
Lance Bass ... Himself (as James Lance Bass)
Bill Bellamy ... Himself
André Benjamin ... Himself (Outkast) (as André 3000)
Beyoncé ... Herself (as Destiny's Child)
Big Boi ... Himself (Outkast)
Jonathan 'JB' Brighman Jonathan 'JB' Brighman ... Himself (Buckcherry)
J.C. Chasez ... Himself


MTV's inaugural "ICON" event pays tribute to Janet Jackson, in a production that's 90% tribute, 10% celebrity roast. The timeline of Janet's career is explored through widescreen video-montages and live-performances (Janet's songs) featuring contemporary artists like Destiny's Child, Mya, Pink & Usher. An all-star affair featuring on-stage presenters, pre-recorded celeb-commentary, a message from brother Michael, and finally.. an energetic performance by Miss Jackson and her troop of dancers. Written by Anonymous

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13 March 2001 (USA) See more »

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Culver City, California, USA

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Did You Know?


Love Will Never Do (Without You)
(Rhythm Nation - 1989)
Written by Jimmy Jam (uncredited) and Terry Lewis (uncredited)
Performed by Macy Gray (uncredited)
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Poetic Injustice
4 March 2003 | by JZvezdaSee all my reviews

Poor, poor Janet.

MTV lures her to this sordid affair under the pretense of an all-star tribute. Some producer and his P.A.s feed her Percoset and prop her up on a podium for everyone to scrutinize, just like a purebred-Yorkie at the Westminster Dog Show. She's flanked on both sides by the two men who write her all her music and have tied her shoes every day since January of 1986... Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. Oh, and some of her fat creepy brothers are there too.

So according to MTV, "tribute" means subjecting their longstanding cash-cow to embarrasingly bad, bastardized renditions of her tunes at the hands of infidels like Pink & Usher. You simply don't know horror until you've seen Pink --in all her PAAS Easter-egg Coloring Kit terror-- attempt to reenact the "Miss You Much" choreography. It's like Tiny Tim jamming away at a Jimi Hendrix tribute. Why? And does anyone know what Pink's x/y chromosome count is?

What joy it is for us to watch Janet cringe and squirm as the helpless prisoner of the whole sad, slowly unfolding tragedy. You can practically see her contemplating an escape route or whether or not to phone in a bomb threat. I love it when about half way through the show, the camera pans over to Janet's pedestal and the only thing in her seat is a rebel strand of her weave. Smart girl.

I'm not saying ICON sucks. I'm just saying that the highlight of the show was the remake N*SYNC did of the "That's The Way Love Goes" video. Which pretty much means I'm saying ICON sucks.

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