#JanetJacksonAppreciationDay takes over Twitter ahead of Super Bowl

Happy Super Bowl Sunday Janet Jackson Appreciation Day!

Fans of the legendary pop diva flooded Twitter with messages of love and support for Jackson, whose third studio album, “Control,” dropped 32 years ago on Sunday.

“A Queen. An Icon. Black History. Black Present. Black Future,” tweeted journalist and activist George M. Johnson.

Filmmaker and former NFL player Matthew A. Cherry initially proposed the hashtag tribute to Jackson on Friday. It quickly gained the support of thousands of fans, including her nephew Taj Jackson. By Sunday afternoon, Cherry’s original #JanetJacksonAppreciationDay tweet had over 7,000 likes.

Cherry intentionally planned for the unofficial celebration to occur on the same day Jackson’s 2004 Super Bowl halftime show co-performer Justin Timberlake would take the stage again ― this time at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for Super Bowl LII.

Jackson’s friends and family slammed the NFL for not including her in this year’s show, despite Timberlake being invited back to perform for a record-breaking third time.

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: Recording Artist Janet Jackson attends her State Of The World Tour after party at Lure Nightclub on October 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 08: Recording Artist Janet Jackson attends her State Of The World Tour after party at Lure Nightclub on October 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 08: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Singer-songwriter Janet Jackson attends her Janet Jackson's State Of The World Tour After Party at Lure on October 8, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Getty Images)
DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - MARCH 26: Janet Jackson performs after the Dubai World Cup at the Meydan Racecourse on March 26, 2016 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)
US singer Janet Jackson performs during the Dubai World Cup horse racing event on March 26, 2016 at the Meydan racecourse in the United Arab Emirate of Dubai. Janet Jackson returned to the stage after a four-month hiatus for mysterious health reasons, bringing her energetic dance show to Dubai. / AFP / KARIM SAHIB (Photo credit should read KARIM SAHIB/AFP/Getty Images)
US singer Janet Jackson (R) and husband Wissam Al Mana attend Hermes 2016 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show, on October 5, 2015 in Paris. AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 20: Janet Jackson performs on stage during her 'Unbreakable' World Tour concert at AmericanAirlines Arena on September 20, 2015 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 28: Janet Jackson speaks onstage during the 2015 BET Awards held at Microsoft Theater on June 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 17: Janet Jackson is seen arriving at LAX on June 17, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by HEV/BuzzFoto via Getty Images)
JANET JACKSON amfARs 20th Cinema Against AIDS Gala 66th Cannes Film Festival Antibes, France May 23, 2013 ??Kurt Krieger (Photo by Kurt Krieger/Corbis via Getty Images)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 23: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE. HIGHER RATES APPLY) Singer Janet Jackson attends amfAR's 20th Annual Cinema Against AIDS during The 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 23, 2013 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/amfAR13/Getty Images for amfAR)
MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 25: Janet Jackson attends the Giorgio Armani fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2013/14 on February 25, 2014 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 25: Wissam al Mana and Janet Jackson attend the Giorgio Armani fashion show during Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2013/14 on February 25, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 23: Giuseppe Zanotti and Janet Jackson attend the Giuseppe Zanotti Design Presentation during Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2013/14 on February 23, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vincenzo Lombardo/Getty Images for Giuseppe Zanotti Design)
MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 23: Wissam al Mana and Janet Jackson attend the Roberto Cavalli fashion show as part of Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2013/14 on February 23, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - FEBRUARY 21: Janet Jackson and Wissam al Mana attend the Sergio Rossi presentation cocktail during Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2013/14 on February 21, 2013 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vincenzo Lombardo/Getty Images for Sergio Rossi)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 06: Janet Jackson (L) and Maria Davis speak onstage at the amfAR New York Gala to kick off Fall 2013 Fashion Week at Cipriani Wall Street on February 6, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: Janet Jackson attends the Dylan's Candy Bar Los Angeles Opening at Original Farmers Market on September 8, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)
MOSCOW, RUSSIA - OCTOBER 25: Wissam Al Mana and Janet Jackson attend Kira Plastinina's fashion show on October 25, 2012 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Gennadi Avramenko/Epsilon/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 08: CEO/Founder Dylan Lauren and Janet Jackson attend the Dylan's Candy Bar Los Angeles Opening at Original Farmers Market on September 8, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)
ANTIBES - MAY 24: Janet Jackson attends the 2012 amfAR's Cinema Against AIDS Gala during the 65th Annual Cannes Film Festival at Hotel Du Cap on May 24, 2012 in Antibes, France. (Photo by Anthony Harvey/Getty Images)
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The pair’s 2004 halftime show famously ended in a “wardrobe malfunction,” in which Timberlake exposed Jackson’s right nipple on national television after pulling off part of her outfit.

Jackson’s fans hoped she would make an appearance during this year’s show, but the five-time Grammy Award-winning icon squashed those rumors herself on Saturday.

Despite her expected absence at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show, Jackson’s fans did the best they could to make Sunday about her anyway.

Thousands of Twitter users, including celebrities such as Chance the Rapper and actress Laverne Cox, paid tribute to Jackson’s incomparable influence on music and culture.

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

 

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HOUSTON, UNITED STATES: Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake perform at half-time at Super Bowl XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium, 01 February 2004 in Houston, TX. AFP PHOTO Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, UNITED STATES: US singers Janet Jackson (R) and Justin Timberlake (L) perform during the half-time show of Super Bowl XXXVIII at Reliant Stadium 01 February 2004 in Houston, TX. AFP PHOTO/Jeff HAYNES (Photo credit should read JEFF HAYNES/AFP/Getty Images)
Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson during Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake performs during the half - time show at Super Bowl XXXVIII (Photo by Bill Baptist/WireImage)
Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake performs during the half - time show at Super Bowl XXXVIII (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake performs during the half - time show at Super Bowl XXXVIII (Photo by Bill Baptist/WireImage)
Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake during The AOL TopSpeed Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show Produced by MTV at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, United States. (Photo by KMazur/WireImage)
Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson during Super Bowl XXXVIII Halftime Show at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas, United States. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 1: Singers Janet Jackson and surprise guest Justin Timberlake perform during the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXVIII between the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers at Reliant Stadium on February 1, 2004 in Houston, Texas. At the end of the performance, Timberlake tore away a piece of Jackson's outfit. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)
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