A star can never die. It just turns into a smile and melts back into the cosmic music, the dance of life.
|Born||August 29, 1958|
Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor. He was called 'the King of Pop'. His contributions to music and dance made him a global figure in popular culture. In the early 1980s, Jackson became a dominant figure in popular music. The music videos for his songs, including those of 'Beat It', 'Billie Jean', and 'Thriller', were credited with breaking down racial barriers and with transforming the medium into an art form and promotional tool. The popularity of these videos helped to bring the television channel MTV to fame. With videos such as 'Black or White' and 'Scream', he continued to innovate, as well as forging a reputation as a touring solo artist.
Through stage and video performances, Jackson popularized a number of complicated dance techniques, such as 'the robot' and 'the moonwalk'. His distinctive sound and style has influenced numerous hip hop, post-disco, contemporary R&B, pop, and rock artists. His other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records; 13 Grammy Awards as well as the 'Grammy Legend Award' and the 'Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award'; 26 American Music Awards, more than any other artist, including the 'Artist of the Century' and 'Artist of the 1980s'. His albums such as Thriller, Off the WallOff the Wall, Bad, Dangerous, History were best selling albums of all time.