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Iconic pop artist Janet Jackson takes State of the World Tour to Bethlehem on Nov. 11

Iconic pop artist Janet Jackson takes State of the World Tour to Bethlehem on Nov. 11
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From a press release:

After postponing her tour last year, iconic singer, songwriter, producer, actor, dancer, and trendsetter Janet Jackson announced today that her State of the World Tour is coming to the Sands Bethlehem Event Center on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 8 p.m.

Tickets, which are $95, $105, and $115, plus applicable fees, go on sale this Friday, May 5 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at sandseventcenter.com, the Event Center box office (77 Sands Blvd., Bethlehem), ticketmaster.com and all Ticketmaster outlets, or by phone at 800-745-3000. An American Express cardholder pre-sale will begin Wednesday, May 3 at 10 a.m. and run until Thursday, May 4 at 10 p.m. Tickets previously purchased for the event will still be valid.

Janet Jackson burst onto the scene with her record-setting album “Control” in 1986. Today, she possesses an unprecedented list of achievements and remains in the forefront of her craft, a true inspiration. As an artist, she excites, enlightens, leads, and embraces her fans with insights into life’s meaning and our deepest feelings. Jackson is ranked as one of the Top 10 bestselling artists in the history of contemporary music. Her musical style, choreography, lyrical exploration, and self-awareness has made her one of the top artists of our time as well as a leading influence on the upcoming stars of tomorrow.

Born Janet Damita Jo Jackson in Gary, Indiana, Jackson began her career at the young age of 7 when she appeared at the MGM in Las Vegas with her family in 1973. This debut and her appearances beginning at the age of 9 on her family’s variety show, “The Jacksons,” led her to starring and supporting roles on hit sitcoms such as “Good Times,” “Diff’rent Strokes,” and “Fame.”

At 14, she signed her first recording deal and launched the career that would change the history and direction of performance art and music. Her first two albums, “Janet Jackson” and “Dream Street,” were just the beginning. Placing acting on the back burner, she was able to focus on her passion for music. It wasn’t until her third album, “Control,” that she began to break records and set standards. It won four American Music Awards out of 12 nominations – a record that she still holds – and was nominated for an Album of the Year Grammy. “Control” was influential in expanding and developing the art of music video performance.

A chameleon of performance, Jackson is widely known and admired for award-winning music videos. She is the only artist having Grammy nominations spanning the dance, pop, rap, rock, and R&B categories. She has accumulated five Grammys, multiple MTV Awards, Billboard Music Awards, and Soul Train Music Awards, to name a few. A highly regarded performer, her concerts are stunning shows that stimulate the mind, eyes, and the soul. Intense choreography skilled to perfection has been synonymous with Janet.

In 2001, MTV presented Janet with the inaugural MTV Icon Award, solidifying her accomplishments and affect on pop culture. Musical artists such as Destiny’s Child, NSYNC, Outkast, Usher, and Pink were enlisted to recreate the music videos and performances of her classic hits in honor of her work, influence, and overall impact in the arena of music. The title of icon was and continues to be hers.

She has been honored with many humanitarian awards due to her intense dedication to helping others. Recent honors, reflecting the range of her involvement in charitable and social causes, include the 2008 Humanitarian of the Year award from the Lisa Lopes Foundation, the 2008 Vanguard Award from GLAAD, and the 2004 Touching a Life Humanitarian and Philanthropic Award from the NBA. Her efforts have also been recognized by AIDS Project LA, the Congress for Racial Equality, and by the NAACP with their Chairman’s Award.

Summarizing her career and her incredibly raw albums, Jackson has said, “Here I am. I’m coming on. Musically, I have it. You want it. And I’m giving it to you.” Continuing her growth as an artist and as a person, including through her latest album, 2015’s “Unbreakable,” she intriguingly states, “I’m proud to have stayed in the game and survived. And I’m proud that I’ve remained true to myself. But if you go back and listen to the music, you’ll hear how that self is always changing.”