Pop music icon Janet Jackson will be officially inducted into the 2019 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Eligible for nomination in 2007, Jackson wasn’t nominated until nearly a decade later. After three nominations, in 2016, 2017 and 2019, the 52-year-old icon has finally been chosen to join the coveted community of a long line of veteran, if not legendary, musicians.

Radiohead, Def Leppard and Stevie Nicks will join Jackson as 2019 inductees, making Jackson the only African-American artist to be recognized this year. Hip-hop bombshell LL Cool J did not make past the nomination portion.

The New York Times reported, “The class of 2019, which will formally enter the pantheon March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, represents a varied cross-section of the last half-century of pop music, with giants of classic and alternative rock, as well as a couple of acts from zones that the hall still glances at only occasionally: dance music and crowd-pleasing 1980s pop-metal.”

Even though the Times considered this year’s inductees to be “uncontroversial,” Jackson’s global appeal and boundless contributions to popular culture during her consistent 45-year reign as one of the world’s most recognizable pop icons, it could be said that her nomination is extremely long overdue.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame acknowledged Jackson in a profile on the organization’s website stating, “Jackson’s music has won her six Grammy Awards, two Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe Award, 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. 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 have opened doors through which other top artists have followed, many acknowledging her impact on their musical perception.”

Congratulations to this well-deserving artist who has given so much inspiration to fans, musicians and peers, and for being a positive Black influence in the music industry for nearly 50 years.