In the early 1980s, he became a dominant figure in popular music and the first African-American entertainer to amass a strong crossover following on MTV. The popularity of his music videos airing on MTV, such as "Beat It", "Billie Jean" and Thriller—widely credited with transforming the music video from a promotional tool into an art form—helped bring the relatively new channel to fame. Videos such as "Black or White" and "Scream" made Jackson an enduring staple on MTV in the 1990s. With stage performances and music videos, Jackson popularized a number of physically complicated dance techniques, such as the robot and the moonwalk. His distinctive musical sound and vocal style influenced many hip hop, pop and contemporary R&B artists.
Jackson donated and raised millions of dollars for beneficial causes through his foundation, charity singles and support of 39 charities. Other aspects of his personal life, including his changing appearance and behavior, generated significant controversy, damaging his public image. Though he was accused of child sexual abuse in 1993, the criminal investigation was closed due to lack of evidence and Jackson was not charged. The singer had experienced health concerns since the early 1990s and conflicting reports regarding the state of his finances since the late 1990s. Jackson married twice and fathered three children, all of which caused further controversy. In 2005, Jackson was tried and acquitted of further sexual abuse allegations and several other charges.
One of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, his other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records—including one for "Most Successful Entertainer of All Time"—13 Grammy Awards, 13 number one singles in his solo career—more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era and the sale of 750 million records worldwide.4 Jackson's highly publicized personal life, coupled with his successful career, made him a part of popular culture for almost four decades. Jackson died on June 25, 2009, aged 50.5 The specific cause of death has yet to be determined.2 Prior to his death, Jackson had announced a 50 date sell-out This Is It comeback tour, in London, England.
Often referred to as the Gloved One, or the King of Pop.
Has produced the best-selling album in the world, Thriller, as well as many hit singles. Known for his dance moves, including the Moonwalk.
Michael Jackson is seen to be either a pedophile by the ignorant, or a child trapped in a man's body by the psychological analyzers.
Sadly, Michael is now more well-known for his personal life rather than his extraordinary achievements in the entertainment business.
Common misconceptions include:
Michael hates his initial race, so he bleaches his skin.
Michael is a pedophile who likes to touch little boys.
Michael is now a woman.
All of these are simply the press taking advantage of a mega-celebrity. Michael has vitiligo, a disease that affects the pigmentation of one's skin and causes bright white spots to appear in random patches all over the body.
If one were to read the reliable information available regarding the molestation court case, one would realize that is wasn't even remotely possible for MJ to be guilty of the crimes which he was accused.
Michael Jackson also, despite what one might consider a feminine appearance, very much an amazing and talented man. He oozes a starry presence noticed by all around him.
Michael is a compassionate human being whose sincerity has been misinterpreted as inappropriate.
Goes to show our world is going to pot.
Jill: Yeah!!! It was awesome, everyone was singing and dancing along!
Loser: Eew, Michael Jackson?? What a fag!!
Sue and Jill: Get a life, you tabloid addict. Michael is where it's at.