In the 1984 American Music Awards, Michael was given the Lifetime of Merit award and he was the youngest performer/entertainer to ever received that award (25).
In 1983, Michael went a James Brown concert and the video of this amazing event was leaked years ago online. The video is a huge hit on youtube.com and in the video, James Brown sees Michael and tells Michael to come up on stage and sing/perform with him. In the same concert, but not in the video that I am about to post, the singer, Prince, was also in the video. It is an amazing thing to witnessed because you see two generations of influential black entertainers doing their thing and when do we ever see that? It is a rare thing to witness.
When Michael teamed up with Lionel Richie to write the song "We Are The World", he wanted people to be aware of the horrible famine that was happening in Africa in 1985. Michael, with the help of Quincy Jones gathered some of the biggest music stars of that era to come to the studio and record the song. "We Are The World" became one of the biggest hits of 1985 and raised millions of dollars to aide the famine in Africa.
Michael took a lot of pictures throughout his career and personal life. The pictures that were taken during the Thriller era are some of the most memorable images of the era. It shows Michael at his peak of his career.
When I think about Michael's legacy, I think about all of the great things that he has done in his career and in his life. This year saw the milestones of two major events that happened in Michael's life and career: the 25th Anniversary of Bad and the 30th anniversary of Thriller. The executors of Michael's estate are responsible for making sure that Michael's legacy will not become a money machine for anyone to make money on. Sadly, the executors of his Estate has made it a mission to divide Michael's family, create things about Michael's career that never happened and refuses to remove the Michael album from the shelves and itunes.com because of the three fraudulent songs that are included in the album. During the Thriller era, Michael started to focus more on his humanitarian efforts and the Estate executors have not made any attempts on donating the earnings from the various deals the Estate executors have made to the charities that Michael supported when he was alive. When I was viewing the video of "We Are the World", I could not help but be amazed of the vision Michael had to change the world. This man sat down with his friend Lionel Richie and wrote a song reminding people of what we have to do for our fellow human beings. When I watched the Making of Thriller, I watched Michael be aware of what was going on and how his short film for "Thriller" was being made. He made sure to participate in all of the things that he had to do for the short film and made sure that he include himself in what he had to do for the short film to happen. Michael was dedicated to making the "Thriller" short film the success that it became. Spike Lee could have put in the same determination Michael had with his work on to the Bad documentary to make sure the right people spoke for him. However, in a way, Mr. Lee included people in the documentary that did not have anything kind to say about Michael when he was here. Mr. Lee did not do any real research on Michael to correct some of the mistakes in the documentary. Instead of Quincy Jones being there to talk about the process of making the classic Bad album, Mr. Lee puts John Branca, a music lawyer who has no idea how to make music, to talk about Michael as if he was one of the main producers of the Bad album. The executors are not honoring what Michael was about and what he stood for. Thriller was the album that changed Michael's life forever - for the good and for the bad. Fans of Michael need to understand that the 30th anniversary of Thriller is about celebrating the greatness of a man who had a dream and made that dream come true. Unfortunately, he is no longer here to watch his dream turn 30 and reflect on a time of his life where he singlehandingly changed the world.
The pictures came from my personal harddrive.