How Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake became superstars

Written by Staff Writer at CNN For some it was the last show of a super-successful solo career. For others, it was a coming-out of sorts after becoming a father to two little ones….

How Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake became superstars

Written by Staff Writer at CNN

For some it was the last show of a super-successful solo career. For others, it was a coming-out of sorts after becoming a father to two little ones. For Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake, it was only the start of their careers. As soon as they finished “The State of the World” they started working on their next team-up.

This weekend, Timberlake took to the stage for a sold-out concert on his “Man of the Woods” tour at Indianapolis’ Bankers Life Fieldhouse. He threw in a special surprise appearance from the artist and future godmother of his twins, Jackson.

But despite the nine-time Grammy winner’s strong comeback from the career-threatening surgery she suffered after giving birth in January, 2016, Jackson found herself in the midst of her own disaster. Just weeks into that year, the singer announced that she was canceling the remainder of her “Unbreakable” tour in order to prepare for surgery for what she called a “freak quadriplegic injury.” The rest of the tour was eventually rescheduled.

Jackson, who turns 51 this week, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of her iconic video, “All for You.” In 1996, she delivered a spine-chilling performance of her eponymous hit, which was nominated for an Academy Award, Grammy and MTV Video Music Award.

In honor of the decade-plus anniversary, CNN asked celebrity photographer Tom Roderick to create illustrations of Jackson and Timberlake’s most memorable performances and moments over the past decade.

“When this song was written in 2002 it’s so tough on her that she wants to break off from a song,” Roderick says of “All for You.” “She wants to break it down and lead with the melody.” “She gets really upset and obviously we see what happens after.

In 2016, Timberlake and Jackson launched the “Unbreakable” tour, which has hit over 80 cities and 30 countries. Jackson’s new album, titled “State of the World,” was released in September.

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