Remembering Michael Jackson

Friday, June 26, 2009

(August 5, 1984)

One of, if not THE, greatest entertainer of my generation has left the earth before his time. Michael Jackson, The King Of Pop, is gone. Him music is legendary. His fans are zealous. His life is a bit of mystery wrapped in controversy and a meteoric rise to fame. But his accomplishments are indisputable:

*Favorite Male Artist (Pop/Rock and R&B/Soul) 1984 American Music Awards
*Favorite Album (Pop/Rock and R&B/Soul) 1984 American Music Awards
*Favorite video (Pop/Rock and R&B/Soul) 1984 American Music Awards
*Pop Artist of the Year 1983 Billboard
*Black Artist of the Year 1983 Billboard
*Entertainer of the Decade 1990 American Cinema Awards
*Artist of the Century 2002 American Music Awards
*Pop Artist of the Millennium 2002 Bambi Awards
*Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (TWICE)
*Inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002

All told, Michael Jackson won almost 200 major awards in his lifetime including 13 Guinness World Records. He made millions of dollars in charitable donations. I think it's safe to say there will never be another performer of his caliber, with his star power.

At best, Michael Jackson was troubled, at worst he was disturbed. There will be plenty of time for dissection, unauthorized biographies and criticism. But today, while his children, family and fans mourn his passing, let's remember and celebrate his contribution to music, pop culture and Black History.

Go 'head, Michael. Rock on with your bad self.


  1. OMG what a darling picture and I love that dress!!

  2. I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED him too. He was a GENIUS! Until he became a bat-shit crazy, child molesting freak show, shell of a human being.

  3. I had so many experiences set against the backdrop of Michael's music. I remember staying up past midnight to catch just "one more" viewing of his Thriller video on MTV.

    It's too bad and too tragic and so sad.

    p.s. I don't necessarily agree that he was a child molester either. I think he was weird, but not guilty. That's just me.

  4. That picture is precious.

    "Thriller" was one of my first [ahem] albums. I played the grooves off it.


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