Still, the standing ovation that Jackson received while accepting the BET Awards' Ultimate Icon honor last month, following a musical tribute that included Tinashe, Jason Derulo, and Ciara, was persuasive evidence that there's still a wellspring of affection for her. It's easy to forget what a force she once was on the charts (a space where she more consistently dominated in the 90s than her brother Michael), as well as her reputation as a reliable creator of highly theatrical, bells-and-whistles stage productions. I was lucky enough to cover three of her treks—the world tour behind janet. in 1993, The Velvet Rope Tour in 1998, and 2001's All For You Tour. As fans gear up for this year's run, I've compiled some of my favorite recollections of the times I spent on the road with Janet.