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

AN ECCENTRIC STAR:
MILLENNIUM MIX-UP

Honoring Jackson on his 44th birthday at MTV's 2002 Video Music Awards, Britney Spears presented him with a cake and said, "I consider him the artist of the millennium ... So, happy birthday, my friend, the King of Pop." Confused, Jackson responded: "When I was a little boy in Indiana, if someone had told me ... that one day I would be getting, as a musician, the artist of the millennium award, I wouldn't have believed it." The singer went on to thank Diana Ross, Quincy Jones – and David Blaine, saying, "Your magic is real and I believe in you."