Michael's Musical Accomplishments
Major Awards Wins
American Music Awards 22
Billboard Awards 40
BRIT Awards 7
Golden Globe Awards 1
Grammy Awards 19
Guinness World Records 13
MTV Awards 13
NAACP Image Awards 14
RIAA Awards 56
World Music Awards 12
Total Major awards won 197
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Some Highlights of Michael's Music Career
*19 Grammy Award Wins
*12 World Music Awards
*22 American Music Awards
*40 Billboard Awards
*Twice inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
*Over 750 million albums sold
*51 Million Records Sold for "Thriller" as of 2009
*"Thriller" was placed into the National Recording Registry in the Library of Congress
*According to figures released by the Recording Industry Association of America in early 2009, Michael Jackson's "Thriller" sells 130,000 copies each year in the United States
Source: Various, including e-how article by Jason Chavis
"Music and Me"
from "Anthology: The Best of Michael Jackson"
Reflections On The Dance
Michael Joseph Jackson Remembered
A celebration of love & spirit. Celebrating his life, his legacy, and his humanity
Michael Received Guiness World Records:
Guiness World Records: (London, England / November 14, 2006)
Youngest vocalist to top the US singles chart (aged 11, fronting The Jackson Five)
First vocalist to enter the US single chart at No.1 ('You Are Not Alone')
Most weeks at the top of the US album charts (non-soundtrack; 37 weeks for 'Thriller')
Most successful music video ('Thriller' sold over 1 million units)
First entertainer to earn more than $100 million in a year
Highest paid entertainer of all time ($125 million in 1989 Forbes list)
Most successful entertainer of all time
Above picture and Guiness Award information from www.mjfanclub.net
“And my goal in life is to give to the world what I was lucky to receive: the ecstasy of divine union through my music and my dance.”
“If someone had told me that one day I would be getting, as a musician, the artist of the millennium award, I wouldn't believe it.”
"I wake up from dreams and go "Wow, put this down on paper.' The whole thing is strange. You hear the words, everything is right there in front of your face and you say to yourself 'I"m sorry, I just didn't write this. It's there already.' That's why I hate to take credit for the songs I've written. I feel that somewhere, someplace it's been done and I'm just a courier bringing it to the world. I really believe that. I love what I do. I'm happy at what I do. It's escapism."
Michael Jackson from a 1983 Rolling Stone interview
I'm committed to my art. I believe that all art has as its ultimate goal the union between the material and the spiritual, the human and the divine. And I believe that that is the very reason for the existence of art and what I do. And I feel fortunate in being that instrument through which music flows."
Ebony 2002 interview
How I Make Music
By Michael Jackson from "Dancing the Dream"
People ask me how I make music. I tell them I just step into it. It's like stepping into a river and joining the flow. Every moment in the river has its song. So I stay in the moment and listen.
What I hear is never the same. A walk through the woods brings a light, crackling song: Leaves rustle in the wind, birds chatter and squirrels scold, twigs crunch underfoot, and the beat of my heart holds it all together. When you join the flow, the music is inside and outside, and both are the same. As long as I can listen to the moment, I'll always have music.
Who would you like to work with that you haven't worked with yet?
"It would probably be somebody like Tchaikovsky or Claude Debussy and artists that's not around anymore."
Michael Jackson's interview with Bill Bellamy
Folk Music Inspiration:
"That’s why I love Paul Robeson so, because his folk songs all said something. Songs like "This Little Light Of Mine"... I only wish more people had been educated by him."
From a 1979 "Blues and Soul" Magazine interview
"He was the music. He embodied the music."
Director, "This Is It" tour
"Great music and great melodies are immortal. Fashions change, culture changes, customs change. Great music is immortal. We still listen to Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. Any of them. Great music is like a great piece of sculpture of a great painting. It's forever. For generations upon generations to appreciate forever."