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Michael Jackson 1958-2009: Remembering the King of Pop
It was five years ago on June 25, 2009 that the world lost one of its biggest pop stars....
Michael Jackson, 1970. Back when the King of Pop was just a prince, 11-year-old Michael Jackson began to wow the world with his enormous talent.
The Jackson 5 formed in 1962 and by 1968 they were signed to Motown record lable. Michael sang lead vocals for most of the band's songs and his unique and youthful sound helped them soar to the top of the charts.
Michael Jackson with The Jackson 5. The Jackson 5 were Michael Jackson's entrance into the ABC's of rock and roll. He soon set out on his own.
Michael Jackson, 1972. By his teen years, Michael Jackson had risen to international fame. In 1971, he went solo and his singles "Got to Be There," "Rockin' Robin" and "I Wanna Be Where You Are" topped the charts.
Michael Jackson and LaToya Jackson, 1977. Jackson dances with his 21-year-old sister LaToya in their New York apartment they shared on the East Side in 1977. Michael had just left the Jackson 5 and was out on his own.
Michael Jackson as the Scarecrow in 'The Wiz,' 1978. Jackson didn't just shine on stage. In 1978 he took his talents to the silver screen where he made his film debut as the Scarecrow in "The Wiz," an urban retelling of "The Wizard Of Oz."
Michael Jackson and Diana Ross at the American Music Awards, 1981. Michael's talents certainly did not go unnoticed. In 1981 he won the American Music Award for favorite soul album. He posed alongside Diana Ross, who won for favorite female soul vocalist.
Michael Jackson filming 'Thriller,' 1983. Thriller nights! Michael Jackson and Ola Ray worked hard on the set of the "Thriller" music video in 1983, perfecting the famous dance that everyone still knows today. Jackson's 13-minute "Thriller" video cost half a million dollars to make.
Michael Jackson and Brooke Shields, 1984. Actress Brooke Shields, (l.), and singer Michael Jackson were full of smiles as they arrived for the American Music Awards in 1984.
Michael Jackson at the Grammy Awards, 1984. At the 1984 Grammy Awards, no artist could keep up with Jackson, who broke a record by taking home eight awards, including album of the year for "Thriller."
Michael Jackson's Victory Tour, 1984. Rocking his signature glove and bedazzled jacket, Jackson commanded the stage during his Victory Tour at Dodgers Stadium in Los Angeles in July of 1984.
Michael Jackson's Victory Tour, 1984. The Victory Tour was the only tour that included all six Jackson brothers; however it was mainly Michael who drew the massive crowds thanks to the success of his "Thriller" album.
Michael Jackson with Ronald and Nancy Reagan, 1984. In 1984 Michael Jackson's hit song "Beat It" became the theme song for a campaign against drunk driving. Jackson was rewarded with a Presidential Special Achievement Award by President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy.
Michael Jackson and his pets, 1985. An animal lover, Michael Jackson posed with his pet chimp, Bubbles and his bulldog, Large in 1985.
Michael Jackson at Madison Square Garden, 1988. Michael Jackson brought his talent to the Big Apple, appearing in concert at Madison Square Garden in 1988.
Michael Jackson and Princess Diana, 1988. A royal meeting: It's no surprise that the Princess of Wales was a fan of the King of Pop. Michael Jackson chats with Princess Diana at his concert for the Prince's Trust in London in 1988.
Michael Jackson and Madonna, 1991. The king and queen of pop: It's no shock to see Michael Jackson keeping the company of another pop icon, Madonna. The two attended an after party for the 63rd annual Academy Awards in 1991.
Michael Jackson's Dangerous World Tour, 1992. No one could light up the stage quite like Michael Jackson. In 1992 he began his Dangerous World Tour where he played 70 shows around the world.
Michael Jackson at the Super Bowl, 1993. On Jan. 31, 1993 Michael Jackson captivated the nation during his performance at the Super Bowl XXVII halftime show in Pasadena, California.
Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley at the MTV Music Awards, 1994. Love was in the air at the 1994 MTV Music Awards where Michael Jackson and his wife at the time Lisa Marie Presley shared a kiss on the stage during his performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. The couple divorced after 15 months of marriage.
Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe, 1996. After his divorce from Lisa Marie Presley, Jackson married Debbie Rowe and they had two children together. Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr. was born on Feb. 13, 1997 and Paris Michael Katherine Jackson was born on April 3, 1998.
Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe, 1996. Always one to sport interesting accessories, Michael Jackson wore a black surgical mask while walking hand in hand with Debbie Rowe on April 28, 1996, shortly before they were married.
Michael Jackson's HIStory World Tour, 1997. Jackson performed on stage during his "HIStory" world tour concert in Vienna in 1997.
Michael Jackson at the Munich Olympic Stadium, 1999. Jackson performed with guitarist Slash during the benefit concert "Michael Jackson & Friends - What more can I give" at the Munich Olympic stadium in 1999.
Michael Jackson and Elizabeth Taylor, 1997. Not many could understand the friendship between Jackson and Hollywood golden girl Elizabeth Taylor, but their deep friendship lasted for more than three decades. On Feb. 16, 1997 Jackson escorted her to her birthday celebration.
Michael Jackson performs with Britney Spears, 2001. The King of Pop might have met his match on stage with Britney Spears during their performance of "The Way You Make Me Feel" during Jackson's "30th Anniversary Celebration, The Solo Years" concert at New York's Madison Square Garden, on Sept. 7, 2001.
Michael Jackson, 2002. Michael Jackson, in his signature black fedora, performed on stage at the taping of the "American Bandstand's 50th: A Celebration!," on May 3, 2002.
Michael Jackson, 2002. Police and prosecutors' investigators raided Jackson's "Neverland" ranch in 2002, declining to give the reason for the search. The raid on the reclusive superstar's country mansion came nine months after prosecutors investigated his admission in an interview that he slept in the same bed as a 12-year-old boy before dismissing claims of wrongdoing. Here, Jackson arrives inside the Santa Maria Superior Court in November 2002, in a trial in which he is accused of canceling concert appearances, costing the promoter several million dollars.
Michael Jackson in Berlin, 2002. The photo that shocked the world: Jackson was seen dangling his eight-month-old son Prince Michael II over the balcony of his hotel in Berlin while he was there to accept a lifetime achievement award on Nov. 19, 2002.
Michael Jackson's mugshot, 2003. Michael Jackson was photographed by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's office following his arrest for child molestation. The 45-year-old singer was released after posting $3 million bail on Dec. 18, 2003.
Michael Jackson goes to trial, 2005. Michael Jackson arrived with his father Joe Jackson (r.), lawyer Brian Oxman, (back left), and three members of his personal security detail on March 15, 2005 at Santa Barbara County Courthouse for his child molestation trial.
Michael Jackson at trial, 2005. Jackson flashed a peace sign to his still adoring fans on March 17, 2005 in Santa Maria, California to begin the 14th day of his trial.
Michael Jackson at trial, 2005 .Fans rejoice: On June 13, 2005, the jury found Jackson not guilty on all 14 charges of child molestation.
Michael Jackson rehearses for 'This Is It,' 2009. The Pop King was rehearsing for his planned shows in London in 2009. Jackson passed two days after these photos were taken at what would be his final rehearsal at the Staples Center on June 23, 2009 in Los Angeles, Calif. The singer died on June 25, 2009.
Michael Jackson's funeral service, 2009. On June 25, 2009 Michael Jackson was found dead in his Los Angeles home. The world mourned Jackson's death during a live broadcast of his funeral service on July 7, 2009, where his brothers carried his casket.
Michael Jackson's funeral service, 2009. In a tearful goodbye, the singer's family mourned the loss of Michael Jackson at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on July 7, 2009.
Michael Jackson memorial, 2009. Al Sharpton and Joe Jackson admired the outpouring of love and support from Michael Jackson's fans at a sidewalk memorial in Encino, California.
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Michael Jackson's 'Michael' album, 2010. While fans mourned the loss of the legendary singer, Epic Records and Sony Music Entertainment released an album on Dec. 10, 2010 titled "Michael," his first compilation album of previously unreleased tracks beyond the grave. Akon, 50 Cent and Lenny Kravitz were among the guest performers on MJ's highly anticipated album released more than a year after his untimely death.
Michael Jackson receives Lifetime Achievement Award, 2010. More than six months after his death, Michael Jackson was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 31, 2010. His children Paris and Prince accepted the award on their father's behalf.
Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, 2011. Centered on the King of Pop, Cirque du Soleil based a show on Jackson's songs alongside its own technology-enhanced theatrics in "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour," logging nearly 500 performances worldwide. Here, the performers take to the stage at "The X Factor" Top 3 live performance show on Dec. 21, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
Michael Jackson's Moonwalk celebrates 30th anniversary, 2013. On March 25, 2013, Michael Jackson fans celebrated the 30th anniversary of the King of Pop's famed Moonwalk. The star first made history with his trademark moves during the end of his performance of "Billie Jean" at the Motown 25th Anniversary special.
Michael Jackson's holographic performance at Billboard Music Awards, 2014. Michael Jackson was brought back to life in an eerie holographic performance at the Billboard Music Awards in 2014, taking to the stage one last time to perform "Slave to the Rhythm" on May 18, 2014. The surreal show, which was the result of nearly half a year of planning, choreography and filming, featured a five-piece band and 16 dancers while MJ appeared in a gold embellished jacket -- a look that was modeled after the artwork for his album "Dangerous."
Michael Jackson's 'Xscape' album, 2014 On May 13, 2014, "Xscape," his second posthumous compilation album, was released featuring nine previously unreleased tracks by the icon. The disc reached No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 list.
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