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October 30, 2008

Less control for Janet Jackson


Who knew they were such prudes in the Motor City?

Appears that multiple Grammy owner and one-time Super Bowl audience flasher Janet Jackson deliberately excised some bondage and pantomimed masturbation from her show in Detroit this week because it would've landed her on the wrong side of Michigan's obscenity laws.

Jackson's current on the (Trouble Plagued) Rock Witchu tour. Still no sign of LL Cool J.

But there's good news about her famous musical clan, as well. Janet's likely to join her brothers next year on the gestating Jackson 5 reunion tour. The group in its original form -- yes, with Michael -- hasn't performed together since early this decade.

Trivia du jour: Did the Jackson 5 ever win a Grammy?

Answer after the jump.

They did not. The Gary, Ind. natives, who had their first No. 1 single in 1970 and went on to sell a bazillion records, were nominated for best vocal group in 1971 but lost to the Carpenters.

(Tough competition that year. The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel and Chicago also went home trophy-less in that category).



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