( ENSPIRE Entertainment ) Janet Jackson Shines at AHF’s World AIDS Day Concert, Uniting Fans for a Cause
Photo Credit – Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images for AIDS Healthcare Foundation
In a mesmerizing tribute to World AIDS Day, global superstar Janet Jackson took the stage at NRG Arena in Houston, Texas, delivering a full-length show that had concertgoers dancing and singing nonstop. The electrifying performance, part of the AIDS Healthcare Foundation’s (AHF) annual World AIDS Day Concert, drew a sold-out crowd of ecstatic fans, marking the nation’s largest commemorative event for HIV/AIDS awareness.
Opening the concert with her poignant 1997 hit “Together Again,” a personal tribute to a friend lost to AIDS, Janet Jackson set the tone for an evening filled with both entertainment and a powerful message. The star-studded audience included notable figures like rapper Willie D, BeatKing, Yungstar, restaurateur Steve Rogers, U.S. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, and civil rights attorney Ben Crump.
Emmy, Grammy, and Golden Globe-winning choreographer Debbie Allen received a standing ovation for her In Memoriam tribute, honoring those lost to AIDS over the past 40 years. AHF presented its prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award to Emmy Award-winning actor and activist Blair Underwood, recognizing his significant contributions to the fight against HIV/AIDS for more than three decades.
The event, emphasizing that the fight against HIV/AIDS is far from over, dedicated ticket sales to AHF’s HIV/AIDS awareness initiatives. AHF President and Cofounder Michael Weinstein highlighted the ongoing challenges faced by the global HIV/AIDS response, stressing the need for continued resources and political will to combat the disease.
As the night unfolded with performances and tributes, the concert served as a reminder that, despite progress with 29.8 million people receiving lifesaving treatment, the work continues. AHF aims to reach two million lives in care by early 2024.
Janet Jackson’s stellar performance adds her name to a prestigious list of past performers at AHF’s World AIDS Day, including Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross, and Mariah Carey. The event has also honored advocates such as Harry Belafonte, Debbie Allen, and Senator Bernie Sanders.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation, the world’s largest HIV/AIDS healthcare organization, remains dedicated to providing cutting-edge medicine and advocacy across 45 countries. To stay informed about AHF’s efforts, visit AIDShealth.org and follow them on social media platforms. The World AIDS Day Concert not only entertained but also united a diverse audience for a cause that demands global attention and action.