Janet Jackson is ready to speak her truth.
The iconic performer released the first teaser trailer for her upcoming two-part documentary, JANET, which is set to air simultaneously on Lifetime and A&E in January 2022. The new clip features a number of high-profile cameos from former collaborators and fellow creatives within Jackson's close-knit circle, including Paula Abdul, Missy Elliott, and Mariah Carey reminiscing on Jackson's impact as an artist and one of the most influential women in music history.
The upcoming documentary will also feature behind-the-scenes footage of Jackson in recent years as she looks back at her defining career moments and family upbringing. According to People, the documentary was more than 'five years in the making' and began filming around the time of the death of the singer's father, Joe Jackson, in 2018. Janet will reportedly speak out on some of her most defining personal and professional moments, including her controversial 2004 Super Bowl performance with Justin Timberlake, her brother Michael Jackson's death, and becoming a mother.
'This is my story, told by me. Not through someone else's eyes,' the 'Miss You Much' singer says over nostalgic clips of her performing throughout the 1980s and 1990s, as well as growing up alongside her famous brothers as part of the Jackson 5. 'This is the truth. Take it or leave it. Love it or hate it. This is me.'
Here's everything we know about this highly-anticipated documentary special.
The documentary airs on January 28 and 29.
Lifetime dropped the first full trailer for the two-part documentary this weekend, seen above, along with its premiere date, which honours the 40th anniversary of her debut album. The 3-minute clip gives an overview of Jackson's life and defining career moments, with the singer narrating her own life story, saying that the doc is, 'It's just something that needs to be done.'
The clip also reveals several more cameos from members of Jackson's family and inner circle, including her mother Katherine, her siblings Rebbie and Tito, her ex-husband James DeBarge, and her past boyfriends Q-Tip and Jermaine Dupri. Several of her celeb peers and admirers will also feature, including Ciara, Janelle Monae, Teyana Taylor, Regina King, Samuel L. Jackson, and Whoopi Goldberg.
The full trailer shows Jackson addressing the Super Bowl controversy.
One tense moment of the trailer shows Jackson directly addressing her controversial halftime performance with Justin Timberlake, and her subsequent banning from that year's Grammy Awards. 'They build you up and then once you get there, they're so quick to tear you down,' the 'Control' singer narrates.
After showing a newspaper headline reading, 'Jackson Banned From Grammys after Super Bowl Stunt,' a clip shows a member of Jackson's team telling her that Timberlake reached out, suggesting that he invited her to join his 2018 Super Bowl performance. Jackson's reaction to the news is unreadable, so we'll have to tune in to the doc to see the full story.
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