Each year, the foundation honors an artist that has excelled in music and through ongoing community and humanitarian efforts. Past award recipients have been Usher, TI, Ludacris, David Banner and Mase.
Although she could not be on-hand to receive the award, she accepted it via video, which played during the award presentation:
The open call for Janet's new reality show in Los Angeles will take place at the International Dance Academy Hollywood. The date for the Los Angeles open calls had previously been announced, however the location was to be determined.
By Shayna Rose Arnold Originally posted Monday June 23, 2008 11:15 AM EDT
Janet Jackson might feel "allergic to marriage," but the pop star is ready to have a baby, says longtime boyfriend Jermaine Dupri.
"Yeah, soon," Dupri told PEOPLE Sunday at a dinner party hosted by New Era and Belvedere Vodka at West Hollywood's STK restaurant. "Right after the tour." (Jackson, 42, recently announced she'll be on the road this fall.)
The producer - who has a daughter, Shaniah, from a previous relationship - is so excited to start a family with Jackson, he doesn't even care if it's a boy or a girl.
"It really doesn't matter," he explained at the even honoring rapper Nelly. "Janet would be a great mom. She was around so many brothers and sisters all her life, so she's got to know what that is [like]. And her mom is a great mother."
According to Dupri, Jackson is also a great companion. "The greatest thing in life is just to have a friend," he said. "When I have problems in life, I share them with her. When she has a problem, she comes to me."
The casting call information to become "Janet Jackson's prodigy" on her upcoming reality show has been posted on ProdigyCasting.com.
In addition to mail in a videotape submission, applicants can also appear at one of four open calls that will be held around the country in July:
1. Chicago, IL -- July 1st @ Joel Hall Dancers & Center, 1511 W Berwyn Ave. 2. New York, NY -- July 5th @ The Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers, 811 Seventh Avenue at 53rd St. 3. Atlanta, GA -- July 9th @ Dance 411 Studio, 749 Moreland Ave. Southeast 4. Los Angeles, CA -- July 15th, Location TBD
Some more details:
Attention dancers and singers. The unprecedented opportunity has risen for raw prodigy talent who embody the true definition of an undiscovered star.
One of the world's most beloved icons is offering the chance of a lifetime to one rising talent to become her protege launching the next legendary career in singing and dancing.
Her name is Janet Jackson!
She's taking one winner from the streets to the stage.
Janet Jackson and famed choreographer, Gil Duldulao, in association 25/7 productions and Wright Crear Management will be kicking off the search for talented performers with raw talent.
The competition reality series is open to Males and Females at least 16 years old, who appear to be between 16 and 22 and who exhibit superior talent in combined singing and dancing. Those who are eligible are encouraged to apply and attend the nearest open call, taking place in Chicago, New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles.
You might be the best on your block, but can you represent on the world's stage?
Can you become Janet Jackson's prodigy?
HOW TO APPLY! There are 2 ways to apply: 1. Attend an OPEN CALL in a city near you! Fill out the short contact form below to join our email list, and you will receive the most up-to-date information regarding open call cities, venues, dates and other important updates. 2. If you absolutely cannot make it to the nearest open call, you may submit a VIDEO TAPE SUBMISSION. Just click on the VIDEO TAPE SUBMISSION button below and an instructional letter will pop up, giving you all the "how-to's."
Janet Jackson keeps it real for MTV Singer developing music competition with 25/7
By MICHAEL SCHNEIDER Wed., Jun. 18, 2008, 9:00pm PT
Janet Jackson is getting into the reality TV business, developing a music competition with 25/7 Prods. for MTV.
Untitled project, which has already started casting, will feature Jackson as she mentors a group of aspiring singers and dancers. Project will be shot in the coming months as Jackson prepares for her world tour, which launches on Sept. 10.
"It's really about finding who's the next Janet Jackson or Justin Timberlake or Usher," said exec producer Dave Broome. "And we'll find it from a pool of people who you wouldn't typically find it from. We'll go to YMCAs, church groups, local community centers and try to cast the show."
Show will also take place in various street locales, rather than on a studio soundstage. Producers are still ironing out the prize - but it could potentially relate to Jackson's tour.
Deal also reps the latest chapter in the recent turbulent relationship between the channel and Jackson. MTV produced the infamous Super Bowl halftime show that featured Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction." After that, fans accused MTV of blackballing the singer from the channel.
But Jackson has been seen more often on MTV lately, having appeared on TRL to promote her latest CD in February. She also starred in a series of shorts spoofing MTV series like "The Real World" as part of MTV's "52 Artists/52 Weeks Total MTV Takeover."
Broome's credits include "The Biggest Loser," "The Radio Music Awards" and NBC's Tsunami benefit.
Gil Duldulao and Jackson are behind the show's concept; Jackson, Duldulao, Broome, Kenneth Crear and Johnny Wright are all exec prodcers.
"We've completed our first week of tour rehearsals and they are going very well," she said in the website's most recent message. "We are so all excited. We're having so much fun."
She continued, "I want to let you know that any rumors that you've heard of me not taking the Rock Witchu Tour to Europe and other places - it's false. This is a world tour, so we plan on hitting all of those spots. Don't believe everything you read."
Each ambassador has chosen a charity that on June 19 will receive 10% of the proceeds from the sale of their corresponding bracelet. Janet has chosen proceeds from the gunmetal bracelet to go to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. Other ambassadors include Fergie, Good Charlotte, Eve, Common, Hilary Duff, Emmy Rossum, and Ashanti.
In addition, a playlist featuring each of the ambassadors' favorite love songs will be available for free download at www.love.cartier.com starting June 19.
This is the same phone interview that SOHH.com reported about last week when Janet spoke for the first time about her relationship with Island Def Jam. Several bloggers take turns asking Janet questions about various topics such as what her next single will be, her plans for the Rock Witchu Tour, and her upcoming fitness book.
The lounge, which is on an elevated platform at the mixing board area, features loveseats, a personal concierge to meet you outside the venue and escort you through security to your private seats, a private bar and waitress service, a collectible Janet Jackson tour laminate, and a gift bag. The package costs $1,000 for two tickets.
The site also revealed that Janet's upcoming book, due in November, will be titled Me.
When asked what her next single would be, Janet replied:
"That's pretty difficult to say, only because of the record label at this point. We started off with "Feedback" and the label and myself haven't quite seen eye to eye since the "Feedback" single so they've kind of basically stopped all promotion. I'm trying to figure out a way to say this, but just to say it and to be quite honest, they just stopped all promotion whatsoever on the album so I don't think you're going to hear another single off this album."
Some details about the upcoming tour:
"It's a completely different show, like nothing before in the past. My real goal is to try and do every single I've ever had... so I have to figure out how to fit that into two hours and yet give them enough so they don't feel hungry for more of that song in particular."
Why she named it the Rock Witchu Tour:
"It's fitting to me, fitting to what the show will be like. It's a dance show, it's all upbeat I want it to be a party onstage, a party in the arena. I've always said when people come to these shows I want them to forget about all their problems all the drama in their lives and just have a good time, just let it go for a couple hours and bring some happiness into their lives. It's going to be one big party, I want to 'Rock Witchu.'"
About visiting Europe:
"I just want to let the fans know because I've been reading a lot what the bloggers have been saying about the record and not hearing it on the radio and stuff like that, so I just wanted to let them know where things were as well and where it was all coming from. I've heard people talking about me not coming to Europe in support of the record just to let them know that it was definitely in my heart to go to Europe and to support this album but it's about teamwork, it's not something I can totally do on my own. Unfortunately things have turned out the way that they have with the differences between the label and myself, which we have been having for the most part from the beginning. So I just want to tell them again thank you very much for all the love and all the support and I they understand the entire situation and I'm really excited to see everybody on tour. I'm really looking forward to that it's going to be a lot of fun."
A rep for Janet has informed Janet|Xone that another new seating chart posted by Ticketmaster on their own website this afternoon showing a unique stage layout for Janet's tour is incorrect and not accurate.
A moderator at JanetFanClub.com announced on the site's message board this morning that fan club members who have purchased pre-sale tickets through the fan club will have the opportunity of having their tickets upgraded to front row at select shows.
The front row upgrades will only be done in pairs, the moderator says, meaning that if a member purchased three or more tickets only two of them will be upgraded.
Fan club members do not have to do anything to become eligible for the upgrade, other than having purchased tickets through the fan club. Members chosen for the upgrade will be done at random.
At the moment, the selected cities where ticket upgrades will occur are East Rutherford, Toronto, and Montreal. More upgrade cities will be announced soon.
The following press release announcing additional dates for the Rock Witchu Tour was issued this morning by Live Nation.
Additional tour dates will be announced soon in addition to the onces announced in today's release.
Music Icon Janet Jackson Announces Additional Tour Dates: Tickets for Rock Witchu Tour on Sale Beginning June 7th
June 3, 2008 11:30 AM EDT
LOS ANGELES, June 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Live Nation, the world's largest live music company, announced today newly added dates to Janet Jackson's Rock Witchu tour, her first tour in seven years. The announcement of the new tour dates coincides with her appearance on BET's 106 & Park today where she will discuss what fans can expect from the upcoming tour, and reflect on her previous groundbreaking tours including Rhythm Nation 1814. The Rhythm Nation 1814 tour solidified Janet's status as a trailblazing entertainer with cutting edge choreography, unparalleled stage production and theatrics, and won over audiences and broke global box office records along the way.
Additional television appearances this week include MTV's TRL and Entertainment Tonight. Janet Jackson has undeniably influenced pop culture with not only her current album "Discipline," which debuted at number one on the charts, but over a 100 million total albums sold, countless hit singles, awards and accolades. The tour will feature new songs from her album "Discipline," as well as all of the hit singles and innovative dance routines that have made her one of the most celebrated artists in history.
The Live Nation produced tour which kicks off in Vancouver, BC on September 10th, will also visit Oakland, Las Vegas, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Philadelphia, Greensboro, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, San Diego, Houston and Dallas, as well as the already announced dates in Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, Washington, DC and New Jersey. Tickets are available at http://www.livenation.com (see below for a complete list of on-sale dates in various cities). Additional dates are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.
Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets for the first dates beginning June 2 at 10am ET through Citi's Private Pass(R) Program. For complete presale details, as well as presale information for the newly added dates, visit: http://www.privatepass.citi.com.
Janet has launched http://www.JanetFanClub.com, a dedicated tour website for the Rock Witchu Tour where the public can sign up for access to presale tickets, exclusive content, contests and worldwide community of Janet fans and more. Fan club members will get access to special presales for additional dates as they are announced. To find out more, visit http://www.JanetFanClub.com.
Janet has left an indelible mark on pop music, selling more than 100 million albums and, having achieved the number one spot on Billboard Magazine's Top 200 Album Chart 6 times, is among just 3 female artists that have achieved such status. She is the only performer male or female to be nominated for Grammy Awards in each of the Pop, Rock, Dance, Rap and R&B categories, and the first female recording artist of color to be nominated for a Producer of the Year Grammy. With literally hundreds of awards and nominations from everyone from the American Music Awards, where she holds the title for most nominations from one album, to MTV, where she was awarded the first ICON award, to the Academy Awards, Golden Globes, Radio Music Awards, World Music Awards, Billboard, Rolling Stone, NAACP, etc., the recognitions of her musical contributions are astounding.
JANET JACKSON ROCK WITCHU TOUR
TOUR DATE - CITY - VENUE (TICKET ON-SALE DATE)
SEP 10 - Vancouver, BC - GM Place (JUNE 7) SEP 13 - Oakland, CA - Oracle Arena (JUNE 15) SEP 19 - Las Vegas - Mandalay Bay Center (JUNE 14) SEP 20 - San Diego, CA - Sports Arena (TBA) SEP 25 - Chicago, IL - Allstate Arena (JUNE 21) SEP 27 - Detroit, MI - Palace Of Auburn Hills (JUNE 14) SEP 28 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre (JUNE 6) SEP 29 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre (JUNE 7) OCT 1 - Boston, MA - TD Banknorth Garden (JUNE 13) OCT 2 - Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Center (JUNE 16) OCT 4 - Greensboro, NC - Coliseum Complex (JUNE 14) OCT 5 - Atlanta, GA - Philips Arena (JUNE 14) OCT 7 - Fort Lauderdale - BankAtlantic Center (JUNE 21) OCT 15 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center (JUNE 16) OCT 17 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center (JUNE 7) OCT 21 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center (JUNE 16) OCT 22 - Dallas, TX - American Airlines Center (JUNE 13)
Janet made a surprise appearance this morning on ABC's The View, which aired live on television.
She sat with the hosts of the show during their normal "Hot Topics" section, which is when they usually discuss the day's current events.
Janet surprised host Serri Shepherd with free tickets to her upcoming tour, jokingly telling her that she won't have to sleep outside for tickets this time. Last week when the hosts of the show were casually talking about Janet, Shepherd mentioned that she is a fan and once slept outside for tickets to one of her concerts.
The appearance comes as a surprise and was not previously announced.