Janet Jackson is set to become the first female pop artist to perform at a major Parisian landmark.
Janet has announced that she’ll be doing a show under the I.M. Pei glass pyramid at the Louvre Museum, home to some of the world’s most treasured art pieces, on June 14. The performance will be part of the Louvre’s biannual fundraiser, Liasons au Louvre. It takes a lot of money to keep the iconic works of art suitable for public viewing.
Janet was floored by the offer for such a gig. “The Louvre and its stunning glass Pyramid are equaled only by the priceless treasures that are housed within its impressive walls,” the pop diva said in a statement. “It is an honor to be asked to participate in such an incredible evening at this historic location.”
Louvre President-Director Henri Loyrette said Janet was perfect for the gig because it presents a rare opportunity for her musical work to be presented by the famous museum.
“Janet Jackson is one of the world’s greatest artistic treasures,” Henri said in a statement. “Accordingly, we are profoundly honored, and believe it most fitting, that her performance in the Louvre Museum will be yet another masterpiece captured under our glorious glass pyramid.”
He added, “I believe the evening with Janet Jackson will be a great ‘coup’ for our institution!”
Janet’s set under the glass pyramid is not part of her current Number Ones World tour. She will return to Paris for those already sold-out performances on June 26 and 27.
— Sonya Eskridge