On Friday, Janet Jackson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, alongside Radiohead and Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac. Inductees customarily perform as part of the ceremony, however, Jackson and the two attending members of Radiohead waived the tradition.
A source reportedly told Variety the reason Jackson declined to perform was due to the fact that the event would be filmed for later broadcast on HBO, which aired the Leaving Neverland documentary. The singer has not released her own statement about the film, nor did she mention Michael Jackson in her speech. Instead she spoke broadly about her brothers and in a press statement said: “Thank you Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I am truly honored and I am happy to be in there with my brothers.”
She was inducted into the Hall of Fame by Janelle Monáe, who introduced her as “our fearless leader” and “one of the biggest selling artists in music history.” She continued, “This five-time Grammy Award winner and Academy Award nominee has sold 180 million albums worldwide. With an epic career spanning over four decades and nine No. 1 albums, this gifted singer, songwriter, producer, dancer, actress is an icon. She is a bold visionary, a rulebreaker, a risk taker, and a boundless visual artist. Quite simply, y’all, there is only one Janet.”