Michael Jackson 1958-2009

Michael Jackson Remembered

How the child superstar grew into an icon beloved by the world – and the eccentricities that later defined him


Jackson (with longtime collaborator Quincy Jones) cradles his record-breaking eight Grammy Awards – including album of the year for Thriller and record of the year for "Beat It" – at the '84 ceremony. (In 2000, Santana later tied his one-night feat.) Jackson kept his aviators on for nearly the entire ceremony, only removing the shades because, as he said onstage, Katharine Hepburn "told me I should and I'm doing it for her, okay?" Then, as the audience erupted in screams, he added, "And the girls in the back."

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