What Are Michael Jackson's Major Accomplishments

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Michael Jackson: A Star Among Stars Michael Jackson is the biggest pop star of the 80s, and is one of the most popular musi-cians of all time. Jackson stood out from the crowd with his unique voice, eye-popping dance moves, dominant stage presence and musical versatility. Michael Jackson had 12 number 1 rec-ords, 51 million copies sold of Thriller, 80 million copies of the others and 13 Grammy Awards but beneath all the numbers there was a man whose achievements were far greater. His success in the ‘80s opened up white America to black music. Without Jackson there is no Prince, no Chris Brown and no Usher. Michael’s influence far surpasses music as his influences defines modern Hollywood. Michael Jackson was born on August 29, 1958,…show more content…
The album sales topped the 7 million mark at home and abroad. In 1982, Quincy and Michael collaborated to produce one of the greatest albums of all time, Thriller, that lifted Michael to superstar status. Thriller sold over 40 million copies and became the highest-selling album in history. Thriller changed Michael into a sex symbol and highlighted his amazing dance moves. He electrified 50 million viewers of the 1983 Motown 25 television special by singing and dancing to “Billie Jean.” This performance included many of Michael’s trademarks that stand to this day. Michael performed wearing a black fedora, one white glove, and pants that ended above his ankles. It was at this performance that people witnessed the moonwalk for the first time, a move that will forever be connected to Michael. These trademarks inspired most popular artists of today from Usher, Lady Gaga to Chris Brown. 1983 was Michael's year. "Billie Jean" and "Beat It" climbed to No. 1 in the charts. The 15-minute "Thriller" video hit movie theaters. Michael Jackson had an unprecedented number one record in four charts: pop singles, pop albums, black singles and black albums. No African-African artist had ever had this much success in mainstream music. Today, the charts are domi-nated by talented African American artists many of whom were inspired solely by Michael’s legendary Thriller album. If Elvis was the “King of Rock” then Michael was most definitely the “King of

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