Every Song Janet Jackson Won A Grammy For

Janet Jackson is an iconic pop star and the young sister of the late King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. As the last child of the musically famous Jackson family, Janet made her television debut on her family's show. She later found herself entering the world of acting when she was cast as Penny Gordon on the fifth season of the hit '70s series "Good Times" (via IMDb). That wasn't the only show she'd appear on. Jackson also made guest appearances on other series such as "Diff'rent Strokes," "Love Boat," and "Fame."

While acting seemed very promising for the young Jackson, she would eventually find herself doing music just like her older siblings. When she was 15 years old, she was signed by A&M Records, per Rolling Stone. In 1982, she released her self-titled first album. Two years later came her sophomore project, "Dream Street." But it would take until her third album, "Control," for the Janet Jackson that people came to know and love to break out of her family shell. Her music career would prove to be just as successful as her older brothers', and in 1996 she scored a history-making multi-million dollar record deal that shattered previous music contracts, says Associated Press. Her talent spoke for itself and she was highly rewarded for it. The coveted Grammy awards would nominate Jackson's music two dozen times. She wouldn't win every time, but did take home a few Grammys.

Janet Jackson's first Grammy nominations and award

Janet Jackson earned her first Grammy nominations in 1986, the same year she released her iconic "Control" album. She was nominated in three categories but took nothing home from the award show held in 1987. That changed with her win two years later.

In 1990 Jackson won her first Grammy for best long-form music video for her song "Rhythm Nation 1814" (per Grammys). That year she was nominated in a total of four categories. The song for the video was released in 1989 and was produced by music-makers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (per Song Facts). The video, for which she won the award, was directed by the famed Dominic Sena and choreographed by Anthony "Bam Bam" Thomas, says U Discover Music. It was a long-form video with a runtime of 30 minutes and featured Jackson and other dancers wearing all-black military-inspired outfits. The recognizable choreography for the song has remained a very influential moment for pop music (per The Ringer).

Jackson's second Grammy

Jackson picked up some more nominations for her music at the start of the early '90s, but she wouldn't win another Grammy until 1994. The previous year she was nominated for best R&B song and best female vocal performance for her 1993 song, "That's The Way Love Goes." She would win an award in the former category, per Grammys. The song was her fifth No. 1 song, per Billboard. It also was her longest-running hit, as it spent eight weeks on the chart in the top spot. The song was partially written by Jackson and it's one of her most popular singles. It was also produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, and it sampled from another Billboard hit, James Brown's "Papa Don't Take No Mess" (via Who Sampled).

At that point in her career, Jackson had left A&M Records and was on her second album as part of her $32 million contract with Virgin Records (via Vibe Magazine) — the priciest music contract ever at the time.

Her first collaborative Grammy

The following year Jackson would win her third Grammy, and unlike her previous two, she shared this win with someone dear to her. In 1994, the Grammy for best short form music video was awarded to Jackson and her brother Michael for the video of the song "Scream" (via Grammys). The brother and sister were also nominated for the song in the category of best pop collaboration with vocals, along with Jackson getting another nomination for being part of Michael Jackson's album of the year selection.

That year she was up for a total of three Grammys. In 1995, the song performed well and reached the top 10 Billboard hits that year (via Billboard). "Scream" was the first song that Janet and her brother wrote, and it was the first music video they did together. And its lyrics also tackled the 1993 child molestation accusations against Michael (per Song Facts).

The fourth Grammy for Janet

Jackson's next Grammy came two years after her "Scream" win. In 1997 she picked up just one nomination, and at the 1998 Grammys show she would win for it. Jackson was awarded the golden gramophone for best short form music video for her song "Got 'Till It's Gone." Like her first two, this song was produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, making it the third solo Grammy-winning song they helped produce for her.

The track featured rapper Q-Tip and iconic singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell. But unlike Q-Tip, who recorded new lyrics for the song and appears in the video, Mitchell did not. That is likely because the song mostly samples her voice for the chorus from her 1970 song "Big Yellow Taxi" (via Who Sampled). Though she isn't actually in the video in person, visuals of Mitchell can be seen on a television screen in the background.

The entirety was inspired by South Africa before Apartheid (per Vogue). The video's director, Mark Romanek, set the four-minute-long video in what he imagined a lounge to look like during that era, and shows individuals and couples dancing throughout.

Jackson's most recent Grammy award

Jackson released her seventh studio album, "All For You," in 2001. The 2002 Grammys was the last time she's won an award to date. But of course, she was nominated before that win for two songs — once in 1998 and 1999, for the songs "I Get Lonely" and "What's It Gonna Be?!" respectively. In 2001, she was actually nominated in three categories: best female pop vocal performance, best pop vocal album, and best dance recording. She won the latter award for her single, "All For You."

She was nominated twice in 2004 and once in 2006, but she didn't win anything those years. Despite working on two other albums afterwards — her last, "Unbreakable," in 2015 — those nominations in the early 2000s have been her last — so far. There's no telling if Jackson's newest album, which is expected for release this year (via Retro Pop Magazine), will earn her a nomination after almost 16 years. What's certain? Janet Jackson isn't done creating music.

A two-part documentary, "Janet," streams on Lifetime and A&E on January 28 (per Harper's Bazaar). The trailer is on YouTube.