1. Jackson Five Debuts With Four Number One Hits 1970
The Jackson Five, with eleven-year-old Michael as their lead singer, became the first recording act to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100 with their first four singles.
2. "Motown 25-Yesterday, Today, Forever" 1983
One of the most memorable performances of Michael Jackson's legendary career took place on March 25, 1983, during the taping of the Motown 25-Yesterday, Today, Forever TV special at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, California. The program aired May 16, 1983, and was viewed by 47 million people.
3. Record Eight Grammy Awards February 28, 1984
Thriller was released November 30, 1982, and became the best selling album in music history selling an estimated 65 million copies worldwide. The album earned Jackson seven Grammys and eight American Music Awards, including the Award of Merit.
4. Victory Tour 1984
The Jacksons reunited for the "Victory" stadium tour in 1984 featuring 55 concerts enjoyed by two million people. The concerts grossed $75 million and Michael donated his share of the proceeds, estimated at $3 to $5 million, to charity.
Although it was a group tour, it is best remembered for Michael's solo performance of his songs from Thriller and Off The Wall.
5. "We Are the World" Released March 7, 1985
Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie wrote "We Are The World," produced by Quincy Jones, which earned $63 million for famine relief in Africa and the United States. It sold 20 million copies and won three Grammys, including the 1985 Song of the Year.
6. Super Bowl 27 Performance January 31, 1993
On January 31, 1993, Michael Jackson performed the halftime show of Super Bowl 27 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California and set the standard for Super Bowl entertainment.
Jackson sang "Jam," "Billie Jean," "Black or White," and "Heal the World." The performance catapulted his Dangerous album 90 positions up the Billboard 100 album chart.
7. Grammy Living Legend Award February 24, 1993
On February 24, 1983, Michael Jackson's sister Janet Jackson presented him with the "Living Legend Award" at the 35th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles. He is one of only fifteen artists to receive the honor which recognizes "ongoing contributions and influence in the recording field."
8. Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 1997 and 2001
Michael Jackson was inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, first as a member of The Jackson Five on May 9, 1997, and again as a solo artist on March 19, 2001.
In 1997, Motown founder Berry Gordy Jr. presented the award to the group. Gordy stated, "They not only had hit records, they were a cultural revolution. For the first time, young black kids had their own heroes in their own image to idolize and emulate."
9. Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Concerts September 2001
On September 7, 2001, and September 10, 2001, two concerts celebrating Michael Jackson's 30th anniversary as a solo artist were taped for a TV special at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
This was the first time Michael sang with his brothers since the "Victory Tour" in 1984. The show closed with several artists joining him in singing "We Are The World."
10. American Music Awards "Artist of the Century"
On January 9, 2002, Michael Jackson received the American Music Award for Artist of the Century from comedian Chris Tucker at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. He was previously named The American Music Awards Artist of the 1980s. Jackson is also one of only seven artists to receive the American Music Awards International Artist Award of Excellence. During his career, he won a record 26 American Music Awards.
Michael Jackson, who can not see again, now we will remember you forever.