Janet Jackson wowed crowds last night with a heart-stopping tribute performance to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, at MTV’s Video Music Awards ceremony. She looked like a killer roller derby contestant-cum-Klaus Nomi caricature (knee pads? – yes!). And today, she serves up a taste of what’s to come with “Make Me.” Not a single, rather a “gift to her fans,” Janet offers up something of a throwback to a sound which made her family’s name so renowned – their rhythm, soul, and general love for a danceable groove – Ms. Jackson learned from the best (she played coke bottles on brother Michael’s original “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” demo). But always a freak at heart, Janet had to sexify things (instead of Don’t stop ’til you get enough she says Don’t stop ’til you get it up), making the track sound like MJ’s fearless female counterpart doing dirty disco. I can only imagine some kill-yourself dance routine. I’m so glad the bitch is back! Finally she’s without JD. In other words, the girl’s in Control. But did we really need Mike to croak for us to understand that? To watch her performance from this years VMA’s, click ‘keep reading’ below.
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