Janet Jackson's Louvre performance rocks the pyramid

Wednesday June 15, 2011

Janet Jackson has blasted her way through a raucous set at a glitzy charity gala inside the Louvre museum in Paris.

The concert - the highlight of the Liaisons au Louvre benefit, with proceeds going to the museum - was a first-ever for an institution more often associated with string quartets in period costume than US pop divas.

Held under IM Pei's pyramid, the Grammy-winning pop princess's performance was loud enough to make the glass panelling reverberate overhead.

Janet belted out a medley of her greatest hits, including 1986's What Have You Done For Me Lately, Miss You Much and Rhythm Nation, both from 1989, as well as her trademark song Nasty.

Sporting a white crocodile outfit and surrounded by a cadre of crotch-grabbing dancers, the US singer had the well-heeled crowd of about 300 up and dancing.

The Louvre closed early to the public to receive guests including Prince Albert of Monaco and actress Diane Kruger, as well as hundreds of art lovers and do-gooders with deep pockets.

Photo: © Getty Images

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