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PHOTOS: Janet Jackson Opens Next Level Las Vegas Residency METAMORPHOSIS

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PHOTOS: Janet Jackson Opens Next Level Las Vegas Residency METAMORPHOSIS

Global music icon Janet Jackson blazed into Las Vegas with fire, lights, technology, new dynamic dance numbers and energy unmatched, for both opening weekend performances of her Las Vegas residency, Metamorphosis, at Park Theater at Park MGM resort, nearly 40 years after she made her first appearance with her brothers in the city. 

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 17: Janet Jackson performs onstage during the opening night of her Metamorphosis – The Las Vegas Residency at Park Theater at Park MGM on May 17, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Farrenton Grigsby/Getty Images for JJ)

What’s being hailed as a show that is, “everything thoroughly Janet,” (THR), she not only delivers her endless hits but brings back fan favorites, and Billboard took notice saying, “ what takes this show to the 2.0 level is the integration of choice album cuts like ‘Trust a Try,’ ‘China Love’ and ‘Moist.'” The LA Times also declared, ‘Metamorphosis’ is neither a revival nor a creative reset — it’s a celebration of a pop icon who’s finally getting the due she deserves.” 

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 17: Janet Jackson (C) performs onstage during the opening night of her Metamorphosis – The Las Vegas Residency at Park Theater at Park MGM on May 17, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Farrenton Grigsby/Getty Images for JJ)

Alongside Jackson are her dancers, tight band and singers who kept the sold-out audiences on their feet for the nearly 100-minute show that encapsulated her record-breaking career. Fans also celebrated the return of one of their favorite Janet alter egos, “Strawberry,” in a series of show-stopping songs including a sexually charged dance number to “I Get So Lonely” and the special tribute to her ‘Rhythm Nation’ album that brought the house down.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 17: Janet Jackson (L) performs onstage during the opening night of her Metamorphosis – The Las Vegas Residency at Park Theater at Park MGM on May 17, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Farrenton Grigsby/Getty Images for JJ)

The energetic crowds for both nights included celebrity fans Queen Latifah, Gabrielle Union, Eve, Carrie Ann Inaba, Yvette Nicole Brown, Hailee Steinfeld, Jackson’s longtime producer Jimmy Jam, Magic Johnson and his wife Cookie, Questlove and Lil Kim. Immediately following the opening night show, Jackson was joined by her fans, friends and family at the show’s official opening night after party at On The Record, Park MGM’s speakeasy and club.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 17: Janet Jackson (C) performs onstage during the opening night of her Metamorphosis – The Las Vegas Residency at Park Theater at Park MGM on May 17, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Farrenton Grigsby/Getty Images for JJ)

Metamorphosis was conceived by Janet and her team, developing the staging and production numbers as well as the spectacular high-tech video and visual componenets. 

Fans follow her path to self-love, empowerment, motherhood and activism, amidst the challenges faced along her personal journey. She encourages her audiences to find their own light within themselves through her Metamorphosis.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 17: Janet Jackson (L) performs onstage during the opening night of her Metamorphosis – The Las Vegas Residency at Park Theater at Park MGM on May 17, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Farrenton Grigsby/Getty Images for JJ)

A limited number of tickets are available for the following performances:

May 2019: 21, 22, 25, 26

July 2019: 24, 26, 27, 31  

August 2019: 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17  

Tickets start at $79 and can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets or online at ticketmaster.com. All shows are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m. 

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 17: Janet Jackson (C) performs onstage during the opening night of her Metamorphosis – The Las Vegas Residency at Park Theater at Park MGM on May 17, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Farrenton Grigsby/Getty Images for JJ)

Janet Jackson is one of the most influential entertainers of the modern era. Her music has won her six GRAMMY® Awards, two Emmy Nominations, a Golden Globe Award and a nomination for an Academy Award along with dozens of American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards. She has received accolades as an actress as well including the NAACP Best Supporting Actor award.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – MAY 17: Janet Jackson performs onstage during the opening night of her Metamorphosis – The Las Vegas Residency at Park Theater at Park MGM on May 17, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Farrenton Grigsby/Getty Images for JJ)

Janet is a published author, dancer, businessperson, philanthropist and one of the biggest-selling artists in popular music history. With sales of over 160 million records worldwide, Janet Jackson stands as one of the best-selling artists of all time with a string of hits that have left an indelible impression on pop culture. Her music and artistry has opened doors through which other top artists have followed, many acknowledging her impact on their musical perceptions. For more information, please visit janetjackson.com.

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