Madonna, Michael Jackson, Cher, etc.
Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Tarantino, etc.
(Feel free to disagree with the above lists by the way. I'm just throwing out names here)
What is it? What makes an icon?
I'll start with the obvious - it takes broad visibility. A lot of people have to know who he or she is.
Clearly, there's more to it.
For the DUMMY OP:
Janet Jackson is a legend and an icon. Pop stars, male and female, still reference her as an inspiration, mimick her style and dance moves and remake her songs. As for her record deals, she LEFT Virgin once the landmark $80 million record deal she signed in the '90s was complete. Also, she ASKED to be let out of her Def Jam contract, but not before giving them a #1 album. So, you see, no one fired her, nitwit. And you're right--she's always had a round bubble butt, and she was known for having one when Kim Kardashian was still just a kid running around in her mommy and daddy's backyard with a pacifier, and J-Lo was just a young, unknown Puerto Rican chica in the Bronx.
Janet will record when she's ready to record, sweetie. She does not need a label, but she could get signed to one whenever she's ready because she's JANET-ACADEMY-AWARD-NOMINATED-100-MILLION-RECORDS-SOLD-EVERY-TEEN-ACT-OF-TODAY-ON-HER-JOCK-FANS-ALL-OVER-THE-WORLD-$150-MILLION-WORTH-MTV-ICON-MORE-BILLBOARD-AWARDS-THAN-ANY-OTHER-ARTIST-SIGNER-OF-TWO-OF-THE-BIGGEST-RECORD-DEALS-IN-HISTORY-MOTHERFUCKING JACKSON.
I'm not seeing where OP dissed Janet Jackson.
"A pop icon is a celebrity, character, or object whose exposure in pop culture constitutes a defining characteristic of a given society or era. The categorization is usually associated with elements such as longevity, ubiquity, and distinction. Moreover, "pop icon" status is distinguishable from other kinds of notoriety outside of popular culture, such as with historic figures. Some historic figures are recognized as having reached "pop icon" status during their era, and such status may continue into the present. Pop icons of previous eras include Benjamin Franklin and Mozart."
Guns N' Roses
The Rolling Stones
Is this another thread by that fat kid who won't come out of his room?
LOL JanBot is taking it to a whole new level.
No need to mention Janet anymore.
I wouldn't call Spielberg or Cameron icons. Very well kniws and successful, yes, but they lack that certain something that would make them an icon. Tarantino definitely though.
Fucking Janet Jackson is dead and in her grave.
I am going to find JANBOT and set her on fire.
The R4 post is from Wiki. I'm NOT the Janbot. Just including Wiki's take for discussion, which happened to include JJ.