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


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.

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