A Rhythm Nation, United: Janet Jackson Fans Join Forces To Help Music Legend Get Inducted Into Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

One of the opening lines to the title track of Janet Jackson’s latest album, Unbreakable, pays tribute to the passionate force behind her unmatched success in music.

“Truth is, I wouldn’t be here without the love that I stand on,” she sweetly sings.

That love, which comes from the JanFam — a nickname created for the 50-year-old’s dedicated fan base — has continually proven itself to be both influential and prominent, but none more so than during a time when the person it’s targeted toward is on an understandable career hiatus (Jackson announced that she would be taking a break as she prepares to deliver her first child).

In one of the most recent displays of that love, Jackson’s “Dammn Baby,” the third single released from Unbreakable, recently managed to become her third top-10 R&B single on the Billboard charts, all due to her followers’ radio requests (yes, people still do that), YouTube plays, and Spotify streams of the song.

That driving force of emotion is also one of the biggest reasons why the Induct Janet Jackson Into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame project — hereon referred to as Induct Janet — an online movement that hopes to see Jackson be inducted into the prestigious organization, has been recognized and respected by several media outlets, including the Los Angeles Times and the Washington Blade, a handful of Jackson’s peers, such as Missy Elliott, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis, and others, and even the RRHOF itself.

Induct Janet founder Mike Litherland, who is preparing to “keep the conversation going” for a hopeful 2016 nomination, recently explained to the Inquisitr why he’s so passionate about seeing Janet inducted.

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[Photo via Induct Janet/Facebook]

“Janet Jackson has been eligible for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 2007,” he acknowledged, “but she has only been nominated once, back in 2015. Prior to her first nomination, I became increasingly frustrated with each passing year that the nomination committee continued to overlook Janet. Her snub became more glaring with the release of nomination ballots every year.”

“When the 2012 ballot was announced and once again didn’t include Janet’s name,” Litherland continued, “I decided to launch a Facebook page in support of Janet’s nomination and induction. Over time, the page began to build into a grassroots, groundswell of support and the Induct Janet movement was officially born.”

With more than 100,000 followers on the Induct Janet Facebook page alone, Mike already has more than enough of an army to head into battle with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Jackson’s behalf. However, there’s nothing wrong with having a great secret weapon — or in this case, 100 of them.

Teaming up with Janet Euphoria, another popular Jackson fan collective on Facebook, co-administered by Lamont Hicks and Jordan Listenbee, Litherland recently asked fellow Janet fans to loan their faces and voices for “100 Fans. 100 Reasons,” a literal reading of events and accolades from Jackson’s four-decade long entertainment career.