To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s passing on June 25, 2009, we are reposting the following article, which was originally published on June 29, 2018.
Wednesday marks what would have been the 60th birthday of the King of Pop. Michael Jackson entertained fans for decades with his undeniable talent and record-breaking achievements.
Below are five of the most iconic moments from the legendary singer.
The Moonwalk is his most memorable and probably most replicated dance move. which Jackson introduced the world in 1983 on Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever, which honored the label, during a performance of “Billie Jean.” The ease with which Jackson performs proves that he was the best to ever do it.
Jackson’s electrifying performance at Super Bowl XXVI in Pasadena, California, in January 1993 is a perfect showcase of his star power. He took the stage, stood still for 90 seconds, while the entire Rose Bowl Stadium screamed in adoration for the King of Pop.
When he sat down with Oprah Winfrey for a live interview at Neverland ranch in 1993, it was a monumental moment. It was the first time in 14 years that Jackson gave an interview and about 90 million viewers tuned in, according to BuzzFeed. The King of Pop opened up about his lack of a childhood, his battle with vitiligo and his father, Joe Jackson. However, when Jackson gets up to show the TV host a few dance moves, which he called “rusty,” it was further proof that at Jackson’s “worst” he’s better than everyone else.
Jackson and his then-wife, Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of Elvis Presley, introduced the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards. The pair had gotten married earlier in the year in the Dominican Republic. Jackson, holding Presley’s hand, addressed the crowd saying, “And just think, nobody thought this would last,” before planting a huge kiss on his bride. The couple divorced two years later.
Jackson’s music videos are so iconic that MTV named its highest honor, the Video Vanguard Award, after the music legend. Jackson thrilled fans in the music video for “Thriller,” depicted Black people as Egyptian royalty in “Remember the Time” and teamed up with his sister Janet for “Scream,” which still holds the record for the most expensive video made.
Jackson may be gone, but his legacy will live forever!
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.