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

  • KING OF POP: A SUPER BOWL photo | Michael Jackson

Credit: Damian Strohmeyer/Sports Illustrated/Getty

Updated: Thursday Jun 24, 2010 | 06:20 AM EDT By: Serena Kappes, Aaron Parsley, Brian Orloff and Cara Shultz

KING OF POP:
A SUPER BOWL

In what remains one of the most talked-about halftime performances of all time, Jackson took the stage at 1993's Super Bowl XXVII in his trademark spangled military-style gear and stood motionless for a few moments – before kicking into the energetic "Jam." The surprise? He then ripped off his jacket and broke out in a medley of his hits "Billie Jean" and "Black or White" – ending the appearance, arms outstretched, in a hail of pyrotechnics and smoke.