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Michael Jackson is the King of Pop.


He was an ambiguous personality, with his oddities and fears, but it is simply impossible to deny his influence on the entire show business.


Michael Jackson brought pop music to the standards that are still used today; he first began to gather thousands of audiences and arrange shows, not just concerts; his albums sold the largest circulations. His music conquered the whole world.


The biography of Michael Jackson is both exciting and frightening, his music conquered the world, and the details of his personal life shocked him.


Biography of Michael Jackson


1. Difficult childhood

Michael Joseph Jackson was born on August 29, 1958, in a large family of Joseph and Katherine Jackson in the city of Gary (Indiana, USA).


In addition to Michael, nine more children were brought up in the family, and all of them suffered from their father's bullying. Joseph was cruel and had rather unusual views on raising children, so Michael got a lot from his father, like his brothers and sisters.


Having already become popular, pop singer Michael repeatedly spoke about his father's abuse and childhood fears due to bullying and nightmares at night. The father later admitted to reporters that he was cruel to his children.


2. King

Michael Jackson received the title of "King of Pop" with the light hand of his girlfriend, actress Elizabeth Taylor. She first named him "the king of pop" in 1989 at the Soul Train Music Award, and the title has stuck with him ever since.


In 1992, during his visit to Africa, Michael was also crowned "Sled King."


3. Ritual before the performance

To improve the sound of his voice, Michael drank Ricola caramel dissolved in hot water before the performance.


4. Achievements

Jackson's career was full of ups and downs, and he was a controversial personality. But few will argue that Michael Jackson not only influenced the world of show business but also made it completely different.


He became the most successful pop music performer, received 15 Grammys and more than 100 other awards, and got into the Guinness Book of Records 25 times.


In total, more than 1 billion artist albums have been sold worldwide.


He has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as a solo artist and a member of The Jackson 5.


5. "Oscar"

In 1999, Michael Joseph Jackson bought David Selznick's Oscar for $1.5 million, which he received in the Best Picture nomination for Gone with the Wind.


6. Egyptian sculpture

One of the users of social networks noted that one of the Egyptian sculptures in the Chicago museum is very similar to pop singer Michael Jackson.


Michael Jackson career


7. The Jackson 5

The Jackson family was famous for its talent even before Michael started performing. The Jacksons, which included three older brothers - Jackie, Tito, and Jermaine, were already known in certain circles, and in 1964 Michael and his other brother, Marlon, joined them. The group was renamed "The Jackson 5", and Michael, taken initially to play the Congo, first switched to backing vocals and then became the main vocalist.


In 1969, the musicians signed a contract with the recording studio Motown Records. The team became increasingly popular, and some songs were on the top lines of the American charts.


Later, the musicians re-signed a contract with another studio, changing the name to The Jacksons. Until 1984, 6 more discs were recorded.


Already an established performer, Michael said that his Jackson 5-era voice sounded too much like Mini Mice.


The Jackson 5 experienced both ups and downs, and Michael began to pursue a solo career in parallel.


8. The role of the Scarecrow in the film "The Wiz."

The young boy was invited to play the role of a scarecrow in the film adaptation of the Broadway musical The Wiz. Diana Ross and Richard Pryor also took part in the filming. It was on the set that Michael met music director Quincy Jones, his future producer.


9. The beginning of a solo career

While still performing in a family band, Michael recorded songs such as "Got to Be There," "Rockin' Robin," and "Ben." The last song took first place in the charts in 1972, and the singer was noticed from that moment.


Having recorded several solo songs, the artist met producer Quincy Jones; this event became a landmark in Michael's career. It was with the help of Johnson that the first known albums "Off the Wall" (released August 10, 1979) with such hits as "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough" and "Rock With You" were recorded.


10. Record "Thriller."

The Thriller album (released November 30, 1982) can be considered the best music album of that time and the entire history of music. This is the sixth studio album by Michael Jackson with more hits:


11. "The Girl Is Mine."

The composition was recorded with Paul McCartney. Critics called it too sugary and not deep enough, which did not prevent the design from taking the second line of the Billboard Hot 100 chart and topping the Hot Black Singles chart.


The song is about a dispute between two men over one girl.


It is noteworthy that they tried to sue Jackson twice for plagiarism because of this composition. First, Fred Standford 1984 accused the artist of copying his song "Please Love Me Now," and then in 1993, Robert Smith, Reynold Jones, and Clifford Rubin accused Michael of copying their songs "Don't Let The Sunshine Catch You Crying" and Happy Go Lucky Girl. Jackson won both lawsuits.


12. "Billie Jean."

One of the most famous and recognizable compositions in the world. It is enough to hear the first couple of drum beats, and you already know what the song will be now.


The composition is dedicated to groupies - girls who constantly accompany famous groups and performers during tours. Michael had known groupies since the time of The Jackson 5; the girls repeatedly accused his older brothers of fathering their children, constantly harassed the musicians, and threatened them.


Michael Jackson admitted that Billie Jean is a collective image of a groupie and did not want to offend anyone with the composition. By the way, the song could have been called “Not My Lover” so as not to be associated with the then-famous tennis player Billie Jean King.


The video for this song revolutionized the US music world. Firstly, it was one of the first clips with a straightforward story, not just a performance of a piece with many special effects. Secondly, this video was the first in MTV rotation with a black performer.


In the early 80s, the MTV channel was just beginning to gain popularity, but its leaders had a little "fad" - they did not accept black music videos into rotation. Then the president of CBS Records, Walter Yetnikoff, threatened MTV to bring them no longer a single video and tell the whole world about discrimination against the black population. On March 2, 1983, the video got into rotation on MTV.


It was from the song "Billie Jean" video from the album "Thriller" that the tradition began that a big-budget tape should accompany every single release. By the way, Jackson's video was recorded for $75,000.


13. "Beat It"

Another composition of the musician became known all over the world. The song was taken into rotation on MTV without any wrangling, and it also became the first song by an African American that appeared regularly on American radio stations.


The song was received positively by critics and numerous awards, including two Grammy statuettes and two American Music Awards.


The combination of rhythm, blues, and rock elements was unusual for that time, and the words were directed against violence and gangsterism. It is noteworthy that Eddie Van Halen, the leader of the rock band Van Halen, was invited to perform the guitar solo. He recorded the musical part for free.


Another notable fact about the guitar solo...


When Eddie Van Halen was recording his part in 30 seconds, a technician who didn't know it was being recorded knocked on the door. Jackson insisted that this random thud recording be used in the final cut.


The music video for the song "Beat It" has already been allocated $ 150,000, and the plot is quite simple - Michael, in his style, stops the showdown between two warring gangs.


It is noteworthy that natural gangster groups - Crips and Bloods - were involved in the filming. Eighty gangsters and 30 professional dancers took part in the filming.


In 1984, a parody of the clip from "Weird Al" Yankovic called "Eat It" was released. The director of the original video, Bob Giraldi, said that he hated this parody as it made fun of everything essential and dear to him in the video. But Michael, who had a good sense of humor, allowed the use of music to create a parody. It was this parody that made Yankovic famous.


The red jacket with 27 zippers has become a cult for many years. Paired with loafers, white socks, and cropped trousers, this jacket created Jackson's most iconic look.


14. "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'

The lyrics of the song are directed against the media and gossip. There was no official video for this song, but in 2012 a live recording from the Bad World Tour appeared on the pop singer's YouTube channel.


The singer was dissatisfied with the song's final version, which was included in the album.


15. "Thriller"

The track from the album of the same name has a 14-minute clip based on 1950s horror films. The clip won several MTV Video Music Awards and was entered into the National Film Registry in 2009, becoming the first clip to enter the Library of Congress.


$500,000 was allocated for the creation of the video clip; following the clip, which immediately hit MTV, a short 45-minute documentary was released about the design of the clip. The rights to show the film was purchased from MTV for $250,000, Showtime paid $300,000 for the show, and Vestron Video paid another $500,000 for the rights to release the documentary on VHS.


16. Lucky year

1984 can be called the peak of Jackson's career - he received 8 Grammys at once; no one has ever received so many awards in one year.


17. Facial injuries

In 1984, Michael suffered a second-degree facial burn while filming a Pepsi commercial. The accident occurred due to the explosion of pyrotechnics next to the artist; as compensation, Pepsi paid Jackson $ 1.5 million.


How Michael disposed of the money and whether there were lawsuits with Pepsi, you will find out below ...


After this incident, the guy became more attentive and meticulous about his appearance.


Michael Jackson broke his nose while performing another trick at one of the rehearsals. After that, he began complaining of shortness of breath, and the doctors advised him to undergo plastic surgery to correct the defect.


In numerous interviews, he only admitted that he had nose surgery to restore breathing, although his appearance changed seriously throughout his career.


18. Michael Jackson's illnesses and appearance

It is believed that Michael was ashamed of his origin and tried to change his image all his life. He had plastic surgery on his face, but most skin color changes are due to a rare disease.


Until the mid-80s, the artist's skin was dark, but later, many noticed that Michael was getting lighter every year. Naturally, he was immediately accused of using skin whitening procedures.


In 1986, Jackson was diagnosed with lupus and vitiligo almost simultaneously. Potent remedies were used to combat the first disease, but vitiligo manifests itself in the form of light spots on the skin that loses pigment. At first, a few weak spots were easy to mask, but Michael began to hide the dark areas of his face and body when the sites covered most of his body.


There is an opinion that the artist's desire to change his appearance became addicted, which was superimposed on childhood psychological trauma.


Skin cancer was added to numerous diseases, information about which the producers carefully concealed.


19. Moonwalk

Contrary to popular belief, Jackson did not invent the moonwalk. Something similar has already been performed in live performances and films, but Michael popularized it, making it the most famous dance move.


Jackson first demonstrated the moonwalk during the song "Billie Jean" performance on March 25, 1983, on the anniversary show "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever". The audience liked it very much, and the performance was subsequently called one of the most significant on American television.


20. Autobiography of Michael Jackson

In 1988, the autobiography "Moonwalk" (Moonwalk) was also published, in which the artist talks about his father's bullying, plastic surgery on his nose, and other personal facts.


21. Collaboration with Pepsi

Michael suffered head burns on January 27, 1984, while filming a Pepsi commercial. This significantly influenced his attitude toward his appearance but revealed him as a person even more. With the compensation received from Pepsi, he, together with the company itself, invested in a children's burn center named after him.


Until the end of his life, Michael was involved in charity work, including with the help of this burn center.


22. Did Michael Jackson sleep in a pressure chamber?

The artist's attitude to his appearance gave rise to many rumors. As soon as a photo appears in the press in which Michael lies in a pressure chamber, rumors immediately spread that they always sleep in it to preserve youth. Michael went into the pressure chamber only once out of interest.


It happened during the opening of the burn center, which Michael supported.


23. Buying the rights to the Beatles

In 1985, for $47.5 million, Michael bought Northern Songs, which owned the rights to most of the Beatles' songs. Shares also wanted to buy Yoko Ono and Paul McCartney. The singer even quarreled with Paul after buying shares.


In 1995, Michael Joseph Jackson sold Sony's rights to the Beatles' songs for $95 million.


24. Album "Bad."

Album release date August 31, 1987. In total, 65 million copies were sold worldwide, and it became the first album in history, five songs from which hit first place on Billboard.


The tour in support of the new album lasted from September 12, 1987, to January 14, 1989, and during this time, the concerts were visited by 4.4 million spectators. A total of 123 shows took place in 15 countries, bringing in 125 million dollars.


During the "Bad Tour" at a concert in London, a record was set - 504 thousand spectators at one performance.


Martin Scorsese directed the video for the album.


25. "Speed ​​Demon."

The song was written after Jackson himself was fined for speeding. The song's lyrics are about a car chase, while the drums and synthesizer, as conceived by the singer, imitate the sound of a motorcycle gear shift.


26. "Liberian Girl."

One of the first compositions that simultaneously celebrated the beauty of an African woman and became popular in pop culture.


An unprecedented number of stars of that time were attracted to the shooting of the video: John Travolta, Whoopi Goldberg, Steven Spielberg, Olivia Newton-John, Quincy Jones, Virginia Madsen, David Copperfield, Danny Glover, and Dan Ackroyd.


27. "I Just Can't Stop Loving You."

Barbara Streisand could have participated in recording the song, but she simply did not appear at the scheduled recording time. Michael also invited Whitney Houston, but she refused without explanation. As a result, the song was recorded with the participation of Saida Garrett.


It is noteworthy that the song was recorded in English, Spanish, and French.


28. Dirty Diana

Another song about a groupie girl. This time, the love story unfolds in a classic love triangle pattern between a star, his girlfriend, and a groupie girl.


29. "Smooth Criminal."

A whole series of Michael Jackson gangster songs can be associated with this song. In 1985, he recorded "Chicago 1945", and she pushed the pop singer to record "Al Capone." But the music about the famous gangster eventually transformed into "Smooth Criminal."


The track begins with the heartbeat of Jackson himself. It was recorded by Dr. Eric Chevlen and processed on the Synclavier.


The video for the song was part of the musical film "Moonwalk." Initially, the idea was to make a video in the style of the Wild West. Still, in the end, Jackson chose the gangster style of the 1930s, significantly since the history of the composition contributed to this.


Because of the video's filming, Jehovah's Witnesses organization kicked Jackson out of their ranks.


30. The story of Michael and Jehovah's Witnesses

His mother raised Michael as a Jehovah's Witness and strongly encouraged him to study the Bible. But the artist did not work out with religion.


Until 1984, he continued to preach as a Jehovah's Witness, attended various religious meetings, and refused to celebrate Easter, Christmas, and his birthday. But representatives of this movement have always been against Jackson's lifestyle.


In 1987, Michael's sister La Toya Jackson was expelled from the organization, and the family was forbidden to communicate with her on spiritual topics. Naturally, this did not please Michael himself.


In the same year, a shooting took place for the clip "Smooth Criminal," where, according to the plot, Michael is holding a weapon in his hands. Representatives of the organization said he chooses faith or a career as an artist. Michael did not abandon the planned plot and left the organization.


31. The film "Captain EO."

In 1986, Francis Coppola made a short film called "Captain EO" to be shown at Disney theme parks. The film spent $23.7 million on 17 minutes, making it the most expensive film in terms of cost per minute. George Lucas was the producer and co-writer of the story.


The film began showing at Disneyland in September 1986 and was offered until August 17, 1998.


After the death of singer Michael Jackson, interest in the film increased again, and it began to be shown in Tokyo and Disneyland Paris.


32. Michael Jackson's Anti-Gravity Shoes

In the song "Smooth Criminal" video, Michael and other dancers presented an unusual movement - they leaned forward at an angle of 45 degrees. It seems that Jackson breaks all the laws of physics.


For other artists, such a movement would have remained exclusively in the video, and its performance would have been written off as cunning editing, but not with Michael. He set himself the goal of repeating the movement at the concert. As a result, a unique shoe appeared, later patented by Jackson under the number US5255452 A.


Michael managed to hide the secret of performing a dance movement for a long time, until one day, his heel fell off at a performance in Moscow, and he almost collapsed onto the stage.


There is no special secret; the boots have a particular slot into which pins are inserted, which move out of the stage at a specific time. The moment of fastening the boots was always masked by extinguishing the light, and after the tilt, the performers deftly removed the shoes from the bindings.


By the way, a broken shoe from the Moscow performance was donated to the Moscow branch of Hard Rock Cafe, and after Michael's death, a pair of shoes was sold for $600,000.


33. Michael's diamond glove and attention to hands

Michael Joseph Jackson impressed everyone not only with his voice but also with the movements of his body. He loved to come up with something new to surprise and even shock the public.


During the dances, the artist considered drawing attention to his hands very important since he performed rather complex movements with them. On March 25, 1983, at the anniversary show "Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever", Michael Jackson not only demonstrated the "moonwalk" for the first time but also put on a "diamond" glove to emphasize hand movements. The effect was unique, despite the glove being decorated with ordinary rhinestones.


Michael himself made the first white glove from an ordinary golf glove. After the performance, the glove was donated to a member of the Commodores music group, who put it up for auction in 2009 and raised $350,000.


Another technique to draw attention to the hands is a band-aid on the fingertips. During the “Smooth Criminal” performance, it was impossible to use gloves embroidered with rhinestones, as they did not fit the image. Still, the bright white adhesive plaster attracted the attention of the audience.


There are many other versions of the band-aid on the fingertips, from trying to stop biting your nails to hiding sudden vitiligo.


34. Neverland Ranch

In 1988, Michael purchased the Sycamore Valley Ranch in California and renamed it Neverland, after Peter Pan's country. The land area of ​​10.83 square kilometers cost Michael between 16 and 30 million dollars and subsequently became one of the causes of financial problems.


The fact is that a small amusement park was built on the ranch, and a private zoo was opened. All this required additional costs, so the monthly maintenance of the estate costs $120,000. Michael had no problems with money at the peak of his popularity, but when the money stopped flowing to him like a river, the ranch became too expensive for the artist.


In 2006, part of the ranch was closed, and several employees were laid off. In 2008, the American singer was forced to re-register the estate to Colony Capital LLC, a company owned by the Jacksons' close friend Thomas Barack.


After Michael's death, his relatives admitted that after all the litigation, Jackson hated the Neverland estate and did not want to appear there anymore.


35. Album "Dangerous."

In 1991, a new album called "Dangerous" was released with such hits as "Black or White," "Jam," "Who Is It," and "Remember the Time."




36. Jordan Chandler Child Abuse Scandal

The children were frequent guests at Neverland Ranch, so it's no surprise that Michael ended up getting charged with child molestation.


In 1993, the singer was sued by the parents of 13-year-old Jordan Chandler. The singer was accused of forcing the boy to touch his genitals. The case ended with a settlement agreement in which Jackson paid $22 million to his parents.


It is unknown why Michael went to the world, but many years later, Jordan Chandler himself admitted that he had slandered Jackson under the onslaught of his father.


37. The Oprah Winfrey Show

In 1993, there was a big show with Oprah Winfrey about Michael Jackson. The artist shows his house, discusses various topics, and discusses his life and problems.


With this show, Michael is trying to justify himself to the tabloids, who began to speculate too much on the topic of eccentricity in his life.


38. Gavin Arvizo child molestation scandal

It all started with the film "Living with Michael Jackson" by journalist Martin Bashir; he came into Michael's confidence and took a very frank interview in which Jackson admitted that he slept with little boys. But, emphasizing that there was nothing sexual about it, they just slept together. The journalist was surprised by this, but in the end, the film came out without any clippings, and the whole world learned that Jackson considered it normal to sleep in the same bed with children.


After the film's release in 2003, 13-year-old boy Gavin Arvizo and his parents accused Michael of pedophilia. The boy was a frequent guest at the ranch, Jackson helped him beat cancer, but Michael was not going to make concessions again.


The trial lasted two years, and Jackson spent almost $100 million on lawyers, but in the end, he proved his innocence.


Gavin's litigation and betrayal undermined Jackson's psychological and financial condition.


39. Strange things in the house

During the second scandal with allegations of pedophilia, a search was carried out at the Neverland Ranch, and he shocked the police a little.


Inside the house were many realistic child mannequins, some in revealing clothes and unusual poses.


An extensive collection of superhero figurines and a cardboard figure of little Shirley Temple were also found.


The evidence became the basis for the detention of a celebrity in 2003.


40. Friendship with Macaulay Culkin

One of Michael's frequent guests was little Macaulay Culkin, who became famous after the release of the movie Home Alone. Celebrities met before, but after the film's release, Jackson called Culkin and invited him to visit.


They became friends, spent a lot of time together, and later Macaulay became the godfather of Michael's children.


Neither during Michael's life nor after his death, Macaulay never accused the pop singer of molestation. He said that Jackson, at heart, remained a child who liked to help, play with, ride, and take care of them.


41. "Super Bowl."

In 1993 he was invited to Super Bowl XXVII with the singles "Jam" (with the beginning of "Why You Wanna Trip On Me"), "Billie Jean," and "Black or White."


For the first time in Super Bowl history, halftime ratings surpassed those of the game itself.


For his performance at the stadium, Michael received $ 1 million but spent some of the money on charity.


Jackson - performance at the stadium during the halftime of Super Bowl XXVII:


42. Performances in Moscow

With the tour supporting "Dangerous," the artist visited Russia for the first time and gave a concert in Moscow. On September 15, 1993, Michael Jackson performed at Luzhniki in the pouring rain.


The weather prompted him to write his "Stranger in Moscow" ballad about loneliness.


It is worth noting that in Moscow, Michael Joseph Jackson not only earned a fee but also visited an orphanage, talked with children, and donated money.


43. Persecution Mania

In 1995, he was hospitalized with a mental disorder. Against the backdrop of legal proceedings, he had an attack of persecution mania.


44. Album "HIStory."

On June 16, 1995, a double album called "HIStory: Past, Present, and Future, Book I" was released: on the first disc - a greatest hits collection; on the second - 15 new songs.


There were plans to release two more such double albums.


45. "Blood on the Dance Floor: HIStory in the Mix."

Another non-standard remix album for Michael was released in 1997 - he wrote several new songs, but other artists prepared remixes.


In total, 6 million copies of the album were sold, and it became the best-selling remix album in the world.


46. ​​Michael Jackson: Ghosts

In 1996, the 39-minute musical film "Michael Jackson: Ghosts" written by Stephen King was released. The film features compositions from the HIStory album and the then-unreleased Blood on the Dance Floor album.


The film entered the Guinness Book of Records as the most extended music video.


47. "Invincible"

The next full-length album "Invincible" was released only on October 30, 2001. It was Jackson's tenth and final lifetime album.


Listeners liked the album, but critics smashed it to smithereens. Ten million copies have been sold worldwide.


The album was dedicated to a 15-year-old Afro-Norwegian boy, Benjamin Hermansen, who was killed by neo-Nazis in Oslo on January 26, 2001.


48. 30th anniversary

In 2001, the 30th anniversary of his solo career was celebrated with a grand concert at Madison Square Garden (Madison Square Garden). The show was marked by Michael performing on stage with his brothers for the first time since 1984.


49. Concert 9/11

In the same 2001, he took part in the presentation United We Stand: What More Can I Give, dedicated to the victims of the September 11 attacks. The main song of the concert is "What More Can I Give" performed by Michael.


50. "Men in Black 2."

In 2002, Michael starred in the film "Men in Black 2" as a cameo. A celebrity is asked to join a secret organization.


51. Parody of Michael Jackson

One of the most extensive parodies of Michael is in the movie Scary Movie 3.


The parody plays on his "passion" for boys, his ability to dance well, and plastic surgery on his nose.


52. The last years of a career

In 2003, a compilation of Jackson's hits "Number Ones" was released, and in 2004 "Michael Jackson: The Ultimate Collection."


In 2008, Sony launched a global campaign and, after voting by listeners, formed its collection of Michael's hits for each country.


A new album was planned for release in 2009, featuring Will. I.Am, Kanye West, and R&B singer Akon.


A series of concerts in England were also scheduled for 2009, but the tour did not take place due to the performer's death.


Michael Jackson's personal life


53. First wife of Michael Jackson

Michael married in 1994 to the daughter of the "King of Rock and Roll" Lisa Marie Presley. Since this happened immediately after the scandal with the molestation of a minor, the media immediately dubbed this marriage a cover and a demonstration of Michael's "normality."


Jackson claimed that he had true love with Lisa Presley, but the marriage broke up two years later.


It is worth noting that the marriage was registered in the Dominican Republic. Still, it was "semi-fictitious" since, according to the laws of this country, a woman cannot marry if she was divorced less than three months before. Lisa Presley just got divorced from her ex-husband.


Two facts speak for true love: the newlyweds not only got married, but also held a wedding ceremony, and the very fact of the wedding was hidden for two months.


Jackson - biography:


Many years later, after the singer's death, Lisa Presley admitted that marriage to Michael was one of her happiest moments. She still regrets that she succumbed to the opinions of others, could not withstand the pressure of the press, and could not save the marriage.


In 2019, Presley announced a book in which she promised to reveal the secrets of her married life with ex-husband Michael Jackson and share new facts about her legendary father, the king of rock and roll, Elvis Presley. The celebrity will receive $ 4 million for further revelations from the publisher.


54. Second wife of Michael Jackson

In 1996, the singer married Debbie Rowe, who had already given birth to Michael. The children were named Prince (Prince) Michael Jackson and Paris Michael Katherine Jackson.


After their parents divorced in 1999, both children stayed with their father. It later became known that Jackson paid Debbie Rowe $8.5 million to abandon the children.


After the tragic death of 50-year-old Michael Jackson, a real war broke out over the custody of his children. Debbie Rowe claimed that Michael's children were her and would do everything to reunite them.


55. Third child

In 2002, Michael had a third child named Prince Michael Jackson II. He was born to a surrogate mother, and after the death of the pop singer, his mother, Katherine Jackson, took custody of the children.


A scandalous situation happened to the third child when he was still very young. The media has always followed Jackson, and one day he either wanted to show them the child that the press was hunting for, or the singer lost his nerve. Michael carried his son to the hotel's balcony and showed it to reporters, but it looked like he had almost dropped the baby.


Naturally, photos from this incident were on the covers of many media outlets.


56. How did Michael Jackson protect his children?

Michael carefully hid his children from the public, so they wore masks when they were with him.


57. Friends of Michael Jackson

Michael was friends with many celebrities, and even after numerous scandals, most of these people remained faithful to the singer and defended him in the media.


Culkin has already been mentioned, but other friends are worth mentioning: Whitney Houston, Eddie Murphy, Diana Ross, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Brooke Shields, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Mark Lester, Chris Tucker, Omer Bhatti.


Other facts


58. Animals around the singer

Having his zoo, Michael always ensured that the animals in captivity felt good. After the musician's death, many animals dispersed worldwide, as no one could keep the zoo on the ranch.


One of Michael's favorite animals was Bubble, the chimpanzee. He was with Jackson from 1980 to 2002, accompanied him on tour, and lived on a ranch. During this time, the primate learned to eat with a spoon and fork, went to a unique toilet, and, according to Michael himself, helped clean up the house.


In 2002, the primate had to be given to a particular center as he became too aggressive.


Death of Michael Jackson


59. Place and time

Michael Joseph Jackson died on June 25, 2009, at a rented mansion in Los Angeles.


Previously, this mansion belonged to many celebrities, including Sean Connery.


60. Cause of death of Michael Jackson

Michael's death was due to an overdose of propofol. He was given an injection by Conrad Murray, his attending physician, and found the pop singer dead 2 hours later.


Konrad tried to resuscitate the patient himself and called an ambulance. Doctors tried to save Michael on the way to the University of California Medical Center for another hour after arrival, but all attempts were unsuccessful.


Murray was subsequently found guilty of manslaughter, sentenced to 4 years in prison, and had his medical license revoked.


61. Flurry of messages

Jackson's death became news #1 almost immediately. Several social networks and extensive Internet resources reported an unprecedented increase in traffic: Google, Yahoo!, Twitter and Wikipedia.


62. Michael Jackson's funeral

On July 7, 2009, a farewell ceremony for the singer took place in Los Angeles, which consisted of two parts. The family farewell was held at Liberty Hall at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills, followed by a public farewell at the Staples Center.


The public farewell was broadcast on television and the Internet and was watched by more than 1 billion people. At the same time, there was no exact information about the body's whereabouts.


On September 3, a funeral was held at Forest Lawn Cemetery in a suburb of Los Angeles.


But Michael Jackson's career is not over...


Posthumous albums


Sony has signed a 10-album contract with Michael's family, including re-releases of old hits and previously unreleased songs.


63. Album "Michael."

In 2010, the first posthumous and eleventh studio album was released. Most critics, fans, and musicians criticized the album, calling it "raw."


64. Immortal Album

In 2011, a more successful remix album, "Immortal" was released. It received positive reviews from critics, and a soundtrack compilation of the tracks was used in Cirque du Soleil's show tour called "Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour."


65. Album "Xscape."

The second posthumous album of previously unreleased tracks was released in 2014. Critics noted the quality of the album's work but unanimously agreed that it cannot be compared with the best results of Jackson's lifetime.


66. Michael Jackson Hologram

At the television ceremony Billboard Music Awards in 2014, Pulse Evolution gave the world another performance of the famous singer. Michael Jackson's catchy number for the song "Slave to the Rhythm" shocked the world, and many guest stars cried when they saw Michael again on stage.


It was not a hologram but a 19th-century illusion technology. It consists of projecting an image onto glass or transparent plastic at 45 degrees to the stage.


But does that make the performance any less impressive?


67. Discography

Studio albums


Got to Be There (1972)

Ben (1972)

Music & Me (1973)

Forever, Michael (1975)

Off the Wall (1979)

Thriller (1982)

Bad (1987)

Dangerous (1991)

HIStory: Past, Present, and Future, Book I (1995)

Invincible (2001)


Posthumous releases


Michael (2010)

Xscape (2014)


68. Filmography

Full-length movies


1978 - The Wiz - Scarecrow

1983 - The Making of 'Thriller.'

1988 - Moonwalker

1988 - Michael Jackson: The Legend Continues

1993 Dangerous: The Short Films

1995 - Michael Jackson: Video Greatest Hits - HIStory

1997 - HIStory Michael Jackson: HIStory Live

2002 - Men In Black II - Agent Em

2004 - Miss Cast Away and the Island Girls - Agent MJ


Short movies


1986 - Captain E.O.

1996 - Michael Jackson's Ghosts



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Every year on the first Sunday in February, the US hosts the final game of the National Football League - The Super Bowl. From a purely sporting event, the Super Bowl has long turned into a super show. We tell the story of the best performances of this cup, which have become iconic for pop culture and fashion - from Carol Channing to The Weeknd. 


This year, Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Mary J. Blige, and Kendrick Lamar will take the world's biggest stage and perform at the 2022 Super Bowl halftime show. Now let’s check the best performances of the past years.


From the point of view of Americans, a football match seems to be an amazing phenomenon. The surprising thing is that since 1967, when the National Football League and the American Football League began the process of merging, the Super Bowl has become more and more popular until it became a national phenomenon. Now the final game of the season, during which the NFL champion is determined, has the character of a national holiday in the USA: fashionable department stores like Bergdorf Goodman decorate windows in her honor and come up with capsule collections, and the Americans themselves sit en masse in front of TV screens - on the day of the finals in the USA they buy and eat only a little less food than at Thanksgiving. The TV broadcast of the game is so popular that over the years the match itself has been moved to the evening hours so that the breaks fall on Sunday prime time. Especially for this broadcast, brands traditionally release separate commercials (one minute of air during the Super Bowl costs about $ 8 million) - this is exactly how the first iPhone ad was shown for the first time.


The fashion industry, greedy for big news events, could not ignore such an event and throughout the existence of the Super Bowl systematically made its way inside the football game. Since 1970, mini-concerts have been held between half-times - a little less than 15 minutes, the so-called half-time performances, at which the most famous artists at the time of the game perform. The next morning, the sports media are talking about the score, and the rest of the media are talking about the performances and costumes prepared by the fashion brand teams for the Super Bowl. We have selected the most iconic.


2021 The Weeknd, Miley Cyrus and more


In 2021, Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida has three times fewer people than usual. Due to anti-COVID measures, the performances had to be moved from the field to the stage installed in the stands (for the first time in the 55-year history of the Super Bowl!). However, even this did not prevent a grandiose show. Super Bowl 2021 headliner The Weeknd was joined by poet Amanda Gorman, r'n'b singer Jazmine Sullivan, singer H.E.R. and Miley Cyrus.


The first viewers saw Cyrus, who hosted a special TikTok show Tailgate in honor of the doctors (with a Tik Tok broadcast, of course). Miley appeared on stage first in the form of a cheerleader by Michael Schmidt, and then in the interpretation of football equipment, which was created especially for Miley by Gucci designers, by the way, the inscription FTW on the top stands for for the win. To the delight of the older audience, rock legends Billy Idol and Joan Jett appeared on stage with Cyrus (they also worked with Miley on her latest record). Miley was followed by Amanda Gorman, the same 22-year-old poet most of us learned about at Biden's inauguration, with a new poem about Americans fighting the pandemic. Amanda changed her Prada coat to Moschino from the spring 2021 collection, and the red headband to pearl. She was assembled for the ceremony by celebrity stylist Jason Bolden, who works with the main figures of American pop culture, from Alicia Keys to Serena Williams (you can find out how his everyday life as a stylist goes on Bolden's author's show on Netflix Styling Hollywood.



Although on the eve of the Super Bowl The Weeknd complained that he did not have enough money to repeat the appearance of Diana Ross (in 1996, the singer landed at the stadium by helicopter), his appearance on the impromptu stage turned out to be no less spectacular. The Weeknd decided not to deviate from the narrative set in 2020 and again used the image of Robert De Niro from Martin Scorsese's Casino. Givenchy creative director Matthew Williams was responsible for the outfit - according to him, it took 250 hours to create a jacket studded with rhinestones. But The Weeknd made the work easier for makeup artists – this time the singer went on stage without bandages on his face. Dancers appeared in them, and according to The Weeknd, this is a hairpin in the direction of celebrities who change their appearance for the sake of public recognition. The performance has already gone into memes, including because at the same time as The Weeknd there were thousands of his “clones” on stage - some fans decided that in the middle of the show, Abel himself was a little confused.


2020 J Lo and Shakira


JLo and Shakira's Super Bowl 2020 halftime performance ended just a few hours ago, and it's already being hailed as one of the most spectacular halftime shows in the history of halftime performances. Shakira's costumes were designed by Peter Dundas. One of them - a red crop top with Swarovski crystals and a transforming dress - was compared on the Internet with the outfit of the Gazelle from the cartoon "Zootopia", which was voiced by Shakira. Red, so popular on similar tracks, was the exception in the Super Bowl. Oddly enough, the last time Diana Ross performed in such a dress on the show was back in 1996.



The choice of outfit for Jennifer Lopez was predictable. "When people think of Jennifer, they think of Versace," said one of the singer's stylists, Mariel Hann. In just a 14-minute performance, J. Lo changed four outfits, while it took her only 8 seconds to change clothes for the longest time. So, during Jenny From The Block, she was in a leather jumpsuit with studs (she wore similar ones to concerts in the early 2000s), and Get Right sang in a sparkling bodysuit. There were also some political statements at the Super Bowl. So, at the end of the performance, J. Lo put on a voluminous cape of multi-colored feathers, forming an American flag on the outside, and Puerto Rican on the inside.


But Shakira's performance was regarded as an homage to Middle Eastern culture. The singer took to the stage with the Colombian dance troupe Swing Latino (and performed a belly dance herself), and when the track My Hips Don't Lie played, she imitated the style of Arab women festively “hooting” with joy. True, not everyone understood the allusion - and so the singer became the main meme of the Super Bowl.



The end of the show was held under the auspices of girl power. Shakira and J. Lo sang together Let's Get Loud - Lopez's hit from her debut album in 1999. And on stage, they were joined by a choir of girls, led by Jennifer Lopez's 11-year-old daughter Emmy (American Vogue has already predicted a great future for her).


2016 Lady Gaga, Beyoncé and Bruno Mars


The performance at the Super Bowl 2016 was discussed, firstly, because the game was the fiftieth anniversary, and all the artists tried to make their performances as patriotic as possible. The incident was that absolutely everyone decided to express love for their native country in the outfits of Italian designers: Lady Gaga was in Gucci, Bruno Mars in Versace, Beyoncé in Dsquared2, and only Chris Martin's sneakers were American. Otherwise, everything was in order with the patriotic component of the halftime performance: for example, the costumes of Beyoncé dancers, which Zana Bain made, were an allusion to the uniform of the Black Panthers, a radical political group that fought against the infringement of black Americans, and on the day before the Super Bowl, the singer presented the song Formation and its video (you know what).


2015 Katy Perry and Missy Elliott


Jeremy Scott was responsible for Perry's costumes: he came up with four extravagant (sometimes even just strange) looks for the singer - from a beach ball costume to a dress made of flames, in which Katy rode onto the field, riding a huge mechanical dog. Scott is known for his commercial approach to fashion, and about the appearance of Moschino at the Super Bowl, he honestly said: "This is the most popular show of the year - it has more viewers than the Oscars!" As for Missy Elliott, in her case, the newsworthy was the very appearance on the stage after a ten-year break. Thanks to the Super Bowl, her album sales increased by more than 900 percent in the week following the match.


2014 Bruno Mars, René Fleming


Since 2012, bespoke pieces from big brands have become an important part of Super Bowl performances. For example, three years ago, the fashion component of the performance split in two - on the one hand there was Bruno Mars in a golden Yves Saint Laurent jacket, on the other - opera singer Rene Fleming in a black Vera Wang dress tailored especially for her with white draperies. As conceived by Vera, the dress was supposed to embody all the greatness of American culture, sit comfortably on Fleming and look good against the background of the orchestra. It seems that everything worked out, and in such a way that Rene did not want to donate the outfit to the museum later (in the end, she was persuaded).


2013 Beyoncé


The Super Bowl was marked by dozens of amazing performances, but Beyoncé is Beyoncé. The show, which the singer, her team and Destiny's Child came up with, was so spectacular and practiced that it seemed as if the audience was watching a 3D clip. Beyoncé came out in a body-transformer, from which, during the performance, she unfastened parts until only transparent leather lace remained on her. The outfit was designed by a young American couturier Rubin Singer - according to him, Super Bowl 2013 completely turned his career around. And we join the question of how did it happen that Beyoncé did not lose her breath during the entire performance?


2012 Madonna, M.I.A. and Nikki Minaj


The most epic performance in Super Bowl history goes to Madonna. In the form of an Egyptian queen, she drove onto the field in a huge golden chariot, which was driven by hundreds of athletes, and then sang her Vogue hit and several songs with M.I.A. and Nicki Minaj. The costumes for the show were made by Riccardo Tisci, who has already collaborated with Madonna during her three-year Sticky & Sweet tour. “People say there is a limit to everything, but with Madonna there are no limits. I'm so glad that after trying different roles, she decided to return to the music scene. Not only to give us music, but also to create fashion, to create iconic performances,” said Tisci. For the Super Bowl performance, he came up with three looks: a long gold cape, a long black cape, and a short dress with over the knee boots. The costumes for the dancers were also ordered by Givenchy.


2011 Black Eyed Peas


The Black Eyed Peas were still performing as a full line-up then, and each costume deserved a separate discussion. Fergie was dressed in a leather dress with huge shoulder pads (like American football players) covered with crystals, and huge claw rings glittered on her fingers, worn on the last phalanx. The rest of the band members were wearing leather suits with built-in LEDs. Plus, the costumes of four hundred dancers shone. This complex design and technical work was entrusted to the dance studio Just For Kix from Minnesota. Six years have passed since then, and LEDs on clothes and shoes are gradually becoming commonplace (the future is somewhere nearby).


2007 Prince


A purple P-shaped cartoon stage, matching guitar, and a sky-blue pantsuit with an orange shirt: this performance by Prince is consistently featured on all lists of the singer's best looks, and outside of such listings, he can safely be called the clearest evidence that he could wear nuclear colors like no other.


2004 Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake


Perhaps the most scandalous costume in the history of the Super Bowl. During a joint performance of the song Rock Your Body, Timberlake tore off part of the costume from Janet - the right cup of the leather corset, exposing the singer's chest. This incident became so resonant that the English-language Wikipedia has a separate article dedicated to it. CBS was fined a record $550,000, critics said that Janet's prank was a sign of moral decline in the United States, and Jackson herself had to make a public apology. The singer's PR service later explained that Janet let the costume down, but no one believed them: the singer's nipple was prudently covered with an ornament in the form of the sun. The bare-chested piece was cut from the Super Bowl footage, but it was sent to each other anyway. YouTube co-founder Jawed Karim even credits the episode as one of the reasons the video platform is so popular.


2001 Britney Spears


Strictly speaking, in 2001 she was not the only one performing at the Super Bowl - the singer was accompanied by Aerosmith, *NSYNC and Mary J. Blige. But Britney was a real personification of the beginning of the 2000s. Wearing low-cut white trousers, a crop top and a navel piercing, she was the face of a decade, defining the hottest girls for years to come. That same year, Pepsi, the official sponsor of the Super Bowl, filmed a commercial starring Britney that looked like a continuation of her performance with Aerosmith.


1996 Diana Ross


Diana Ross wouldn't be herself if her Super Bowl performance wasn't built around her as the ultimate diva of the '90s. Firstly, she changed four costumes: she went out in a red puffy dress, which transformed into a mini; then she appeared in an orange and pink mermaid dress, changed it to a gold cape with leggings and a fuchsia corset, and completed the performance in a pink and orange suit. Secondly, Ross flew out of the stadium in a helicopter. Thirdly, people lined up in giant letters Diana Ross - so that they could be seen even from space. Her performance ranks ninth in the top 10 Super Bowl performances: Diana turned costumes into part of the numbers for the first time.


1993 Michael Jackson


The press unanimously considers Michael Jackson to be the founding father of the reference halftime performance format - in general, he came up with a lot of pop-cultural phenomena that did not exist before him. For the first time, Jackson turned a Super Bowl performance into a medley of his hits and prepared separate dance routines that flowed into each other. The singer's costume has become no less legendary than the performance itself: black aviator glasses, a black military jacket with a decorative gold bandolier, and black cropped trousers with white socks. The Dsquared2 leather jacket Beyoncé wore to last year's Super Bowl is an homage to Jackson's 1993 look.


1991 New Kids on the Block



It is believed that halftime performance first became a full-fledged pop show in 1991, when the New Kids on the Block boy band was headlining the Super Bowl. Firstly, for their performance, a real Disneyland was built on the field with a huge castle and hundreds of children dressed as Disney characters. Secondly, all four members of the group could outdo models from men's glossy magazines: wide trousers with a high waist, a straight jacket for Adidas sweatpants, a vest on a naked body and a golden leather jacket, like Mick Jagger.


1988 Chubby Checker & The Rockettes Ensemble


King of the twist Chubby Checker in tight black pants and a silver wrap shirt with shoulder pads plus the famous dance group The Rockettes (44 girls in gold top hats and bodysuits), plus 88 white pianos and pianists - just imagine this party on the football field. After Checker, there were many decent performances, and some of them were much more spectacular, but there has never been more fun at the Super Bowl.


1970 Carol Channing


Actress and singer Channing became the first artist to perform at the Super Bowl. She told The Guardian she was asked to sing the hit song from the Broadway musical Hello Dolly! literally a week before the match. That halftime performance was built, by the way, not around her performance, but around the Southern University Orchestra - according to Carol, it was like her debut on Broadway. Channing took to the moving platform in a white long coat with a hood trimmed with fluffy fur. Presumably, the American couturier Nolan Miller was its author, and the coat itself later became the hallmark of the actress, and she put it on more than once for her other performances.


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The most important gala in the music industry, the Grammy Awards, has announced its nominations for 2022. American jazz musician Jon Batiste will compete for no less than 11 trophies.

Jon Batiste will fight in categories such as "Recording of the Year" or "Best R&B Album". Justin Bieber hopes to win the Grammy Award for "Song of the Year" with the song "Peaches".

For the first time, the legendary Swedish band ABBA was also nominated, which recently reunited and released a new album. The northern quartet's song, "I Still Have Faith In You," will be in the "Recording of the Year" category.

At the same time, rapper Jay-Z has officially become the most successful artist in the history of the Grammy Awards, with 83 active nominations.

The winners will be announced on January 31, 2022, at a gala in Los Angeles.

Often, a well-prepared speech becomes a test for the audience, and spontaneously spoken phrases enter the story. Bemorepanda has collected the deep thoughts and funny sayings of the stars from the Grammy Awards, which remains in history.

1. “I want to thank the man I fell in love with last year and to whom I dedicated this song. Thank you for breaking my heart. Thanks to you, I got four Grammys. "

Singer-songwriter Sam Smith (22) attends the Record of the Year Awards.

2. "It seems like I have a lot of friends this year in misfortune, but I want to say as a former failed best new artist of 2008, it's not scary to lose, just dance like the song Shake It Off says."

Singer Taylor Swift (25) presenting the Best Performer winner.

3. “Albums - do you still remember them? They are as important today as books and the movement against racism. "

Singer and composer Prince (56) presenting Album of the Year.

4. “A dream has no statute of limitations. Keep believing in yourself. "

EL Cool Jay (47), the host of the awards ceremony.

5. “I liked meeting Lady Gaga. She thought I was a waiter. "

Ed Sheeran (23) on his Twitter.

6. "This is how I take pictures: when I don't smile, it makes me laugh."

Kanye West (37) on why he never smiles in the photo.

7. "I like Katie, she has great breasts."

Nicki Minaj (32) to Katy Perry (30).

8. "Sitting under the stage during an AC / DC show is incredible, but at the same time you are terribly scared."

Anna Kendrick (29) on her backstage experiences.

9. “I have a different outfit for the show. There are nails in these boots. I can't perform on my nails!"

Madonna (56) on the red carpet talks about a suit made by the creative director of Givenchy House Ricardo Tisca (40).

10. "I haven't read the book ... But I'm very glad that my song was chosen as the soundtrack."

Annie Lennox (60) on Fifty Shades of Gray. 

Winning a Grammy is the ticket of any artist to the reputable list that contains the names of some of the most respected artists and composers of all time, such as The Beatles, Frank Sinatra or Elton John. However, the decision to award a Grammy Award for Best Song of the Year is slightly more complicated.

There are three major Grammy Awards trophies. "Best Record of the Year" awards, on the one hand, the composers who wrote and composed the song, and "Album of the Year" and "Song of the Year" award the performer and production team.

For 60 years, the "Best Recording of the Year" category has rewarded songs that have become part of music history, but also included difficult decisions. Here are 14 moments worth mentioning in the history of the awards.

In 1959, when the category was launched, the prize was awarded to Domenico Modugno for the song "Volare". His song had already been a new entry to the Eurovision Song Contest a year ago and had been on the Billboard charts for five weeks. These things brought fame to the artist. Modugno later became involved in politics, and things got so big that he was barred from entering Chile to perform.

Jimmy Webb's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" is recognized as one of the classic songs of the '60s. In 1967, the song was nominated for "Best Record of the Year", but the song was dethroned by another, also Webb's, "Up, up and away". So, the song that gave the name of the debut album made Grammy history as one of the most romantic songs of longing.

The song "Little green apples", composed by Bobby Russel, is a true masterpiece; that kind of country song that makes you feel like you're getting into the scenery. Initially, the song was recorded by the well-known Roger Miller, but then artists such as Patti Page and OC Smith did the cover in 1968, and Smith's version won him the Grammy for "Best Recording of the Year". Some thought that another song could have won, but it is certain that "Hey Jude" by The Beatles missed.

11. "I didn't even know that people who couldn't sing a note and were tone-deaf were eligible for any Grammys.~ Hillary Clinton

12. “By the way, I got a Grammy, which was a big thrill.” ~ Marian McPartland

13. “I’ve got a Grammy and Emmy, I’d like to have a Tony.” ~ Cyndi Lauper

14. “I’ve always said I can’t tell sometimes that people even have an album out until I see them nominated for a Grammy. I think country gets dumped on across the board by the Grammys.” ~ Toby Keith

15. “It could be Grammy night, Oscar night, whatever – I don’t feel the pressure to be there.” ~ Idris Elba

16. “She could have a Grammy. I'd still treat her ass like a nominee.” ~ Drake

17. “When Elton John sang a duet with the white rapper Eminem on a Grammy telecast, rap went mainstream. Massive parental headaches followed.” ~ Bill O’Reilly

Although Lennon and McCartney represent the most successful partnership of composers in the history of pop music, the band won only once, with the song "Michelle", from the album "Rubber soul", the trophy "Best recording of the year". The decision was all the more interesting as the song was not released as a single and did not reach the American charts. However, it was the most broadcast song on the radio in the United States.

Until the mid-1970s, Grammy jurors kept pop music at bay, celebrating more Simon & Garfunkel or Barbra Streisand music. It wasn't until 1975 that the pop style received some attention with the Bee Gees. "Jive talkin" or "Get down tonight" by KC & The Sunshine Band or with the song "Fame" by David Bowie. The award went to Judy Collins' "Send in the Clowns."

No matter what James Bond movies say, the truth is that they gave birth to a considerable number of great pop songs, including "Live & let die" (Wings) or "We have all the time in the world" (Louis Armstrong). ). Only one, however, received a nomination for "Best Record of the Year". Carly Simon's song "Nobody does it better" was the theme of "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1977). However, he lost to two other film compositions, "Evergreen" and "You light up my life", both of which were themes for "A star is born". Accidentally, it was the only time two songs shared the same prize.

Jimmy Webb was not the only multi-Grammy nominee. Michael McDonald was in the same situation, but with two different composers. The nominations were for the songs "Minute by minute", for which he collaborated with the studio Doobie Lester Abrams, and "What a fool believes", written with Kenny Loggins, with which he won the award.

Few artists in the 1980s, with the exception of Madonna and Prince, could be compared to Michael Jackson, but despite dominating all the charts, his songs or those of his composers were not very successful at the '80s Grammy Awards. to the two important categories. The exception was "We are the world", sung with Lionel Richie, who won "Best Record of the Year". In 1983, Jackson won the "Beat it" award for "Song of the Year," and the "Album of the Year" trophy went to him for "Thriller."

18. “I liked getting the Grammy more than not getting it.” ~ Jakob Dylan

19. “One of the high points of my career was winning the Grammy for ‘I Will Survive.'” ~ Gloria Gaynor

20. “A Grammy is really nice, but having lots of fans is really nice, too. I think just getting a record out is a success on its own.” ~ Dan Auerbach

21. “Every year there’s an Oscar and Grammy and we celebrate those shows. We do the same in the U.S about sports schools and colleges. The same thing doesn’t happen for tech and STEM.” ~

22. “A brilliant 1989 album, Oh Mercy; some career retrospectives; and two albums of American folk songs, with just Bob Dylan and his guitar and harmonica. All that culminated in the Grammy-winning comeback album, Time Out of Mind (1997). Once again, just as Dylan seemed to be out of it, he was back at the top of his game.” ~ Bob Dylan

23. “I never set out now to get a Grammy, or get an American Music Award, but it still is nice to be recognized.” ~ Ginuwine

Of all the 1989 songs that could come to mind, such as "Like a Prayer" (Madonna), "Turn Back Time" (Cher) or "Back to Life" (Soul II Soul), the jurors chose Wind Beneath My Wings. ", Bette Middler's play. This award was followed, one year later, by another, for the song "From a distance". Interesting decisions, some would say, as if Madonna didn't even exist.

Music and film go hand in hand, and the Grammys and Oscars have always been on the same stage. In 1994, the soundtrack "The Lion King" gave Elton John and Tim Rice some applause for "Circle of life" and "Can you feel the love", but the victory went to Bruce Springsteen for the song "Streets". of Philadelphia ”from the Oscar-winning film“ Philadelphia ”.

The reputation of the Grammy Awards is that they appreciate commercial success. And yet, the reality is that some of the world's greatest artists have never been awarded. The Rolling Stones, Madonna, David Bowie and Queen were never nominated, and Prince was nominated only once, and then it was for his own version of Sinead O'Connor's "Nothing Compares to You."

Although nominated for "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" in 1987, the award went to the Linda Ronstadt / James Ingram duo and the song "Somewhere Out There", in 2000 U2 got its revenge. The song "Beautiful Day" won the boys the award, and five years later they were rewarded for "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own."

Composing a song requires involvement, inspiration, and mutual help. Bruno Mars's "That's What I Like" involved seven composers, including the artist, but this directly brought him the award in 2017.

When this category was invented, there were only five songs in competition. Today, maybe because we have broadened our horizons and we prefer the song and not the album, at the 2020 edition in the competition there are eight songs between which the battle for the prize is going on.

24. “Honestly I can truly say, it would be nice, but I don’t feel like I got to get a Grammy or something to feel official. I’m cool but it would be nice to win the Grammy Awards!” ~ Ginuwine , Grammy quotes awards

25. “Going to the Grammys, being nominated for a Grammy, that was a really big deal for me, for us as a band.” ~ John Petrucci

26. “I was never like, “Oh man, I want a Grammy and I’ll do whatever it takes”. Someone like that might not do what it takes to have a decent touring career, because they’re in the studio trying to master whatever they’re doing to win a Grammy.” ~ Vince Staples

27. “I would like to get nominated for a Grammy, but I don’t set out to do that anymore, ’cause I never felt like I got my just due in the business, period anyway.” ~ Ginuwine

28. “I feel like success is really subjective. You could win a school talent show and be like “I was successful”, or you could get a Number One in New Zealand and be like “I was successful’, or you could win a Grammy and be like “I was successful”.” ~ Thomston

29. “At some point in my life I would like to win a Grammy. I think that would be a good thing to do.” ~ Troye Sivan

30. “Pop music, across its countless iterations, is a vast, amazing, thrilling art form. All life is in it. It stands for itself. The same is true of literature, but nobody feels compelled to toss Philip Roth a grammy just to prove it.” ~ David Bennun

31. “While silly ni**as argue over who gon’ snatch the crown / Look around my ni**a, white people have snatched the sound / This year I’ll probably go to the awards dappered down / Watch Iggy win a Grammy as I try to crack a smile.” ~ J. Cole

32. “I went to Clive Davis’ Grammy party, and I nearly spontaneously combusted because everyone on my iPod was there!” ~ Leona Lewis

33. “This means more to me than any Grammy I could ever win … It will take a village and an army, [some] countries and continents to make bullying a hate crime.” ~ Lady Gaga

34. “I never threw away that paper with my Grammy speech because I haven’t hit the pinnacles I plan to reach.” ~ Drake

35. “I think the Grammy is like the award, you know.” ~ Brandy Norwood

36. “I’ve gotten tons of awards and I believe when it’s my time to get a Grammy, I’ll get a Grammy.” ~ Nicki Minaj

37. “My first Grammy wasn’t even in a jazz category, but of course I was really excited. ‘Rockit’ was the beginning of a new era for the whole hip-hop movement.” ~ Herbie Hancock

38. “I hold ‘Mi Tierra,’ my first Spanish-language album, very close to me because that was all done in my native tongue and won me my first Grammy.” ~ Gloria Estefan

39. “I’ve won several Emmys, a Tony and a Grammy so maybe somebody will let me have an Oscar, and then I’ll have a full set.” ~ Dick Van Dyke

40. “I never had any expectations of winning a Grammy. It wasn’t something I was set on, that I was hoping and praying and starving for.” ~ Beck

41. “I’m not a comedian. I’m not a show host. I’m a musician. That’s why I’ve turned down offers to host the Grammy Awards and the American Music Awards. Is it really entertaining for me to get up there and crack a few weak jokes and force people to laugh because I’m Michael Jackson, when I know in my heart that I’m not funny?” ~ Michael Jackson

42. “When I was 4 or 5 and I could put complete thoughts together and really feel them, I remember watching the Grammy’s or something like that and getting real emotional because I wanted to be up there.” ~ Joanna Noelle Levesque

43. “And you know there’s nothing like writing a song about someone who’s mean to you, and just makes your life miserable…and then winning a Grammy for it.” ~ Taylor Swift

“I believe that I’m going to have a Grammy.” ~ Ashthon Jones

44. “In my opinion, one of the biggest drawbacks about Sergio Leone films are the scores composed by Ennio Morricone. If [Leone] were as talented as I am, he would have made mixtapes for his movies instead of letting some schmuck write the soundtracks for him. But then if he were as talented as I am, he’d be Zach Braff. And have his own Grammy.” ~ Zach Braff

45. “Grammy asshole weekend in LA. Yuck … The Grammys = the old guard / old media propping up their puppets trying to convince the outside world, and each other, they’re relevant.” ~ Trent Reznor

46. “I had a boyfriend who told me I’d never succeed, never be nominated for a Grammy, never have a hit song, and that he hoped I’d fail. I said to him, ‘Someday, when we’re not together, you won’t be able to order a cup of coffee at the f***** deli without hearing or seeing me.'” ~ Lady Gaga

47. “To date, [Wynton] Marsalis has received a total of nine Grammy Awards; a Pulitzer Prize (the first ever awarded to a jazz musician)… and twenty-nine honorary degrees, including Columbia, Brown, Princeton and Yale; the National Medal of Arts; and numerous awards from other countries.” ~ Randy Sandke

48. “The biggest reward from that record was the enthusiasm everyone had to sing on it. The Grammy nominations and the chart positions are great, but ultimately the way you interact with other musicians is the most important thing to me.” ~ Chris Botti

49. “My brain is very fantastical. If I ever actually recorded myself, I could probably win a Grammy for sex talk. Being on the road while in relationships, you need to learn to pleasure one another.” ~ Dane Cook

50.“I want to win a Grammy. I want to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. I want to be a musical guest on ‘Saturday Night Live.’ And I want to play arenas and have tons of people watching me.” ~ Cheyenne Kimball

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The Grammy Awards, along with the Oscars and the Met Gala, are one of the main and most important events in the entertainment industry. In 2022, the 64th prize will be held in Los Angeles on January 31, and just the other day the nominees became known. So, what else do you need to know about the upcoming ceremony?

The awards will be presented on January 31

And it will traditionally take place at the Staples concert venue in Los Angeles. The Grammy will be televised by CBS, and the award can be viewed online at as well as on the YouTube channel of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

By the way, the presentation of the statuettes this year will be somewhat different. Reacting to the caustic remarks in their address, the Grammys abandoned the so-called nomination committees (which were criticized last year by The Weeknd, which was left without a single nomination).

Grammy Nominees 2022

Industry favorites such as Justin Bieber (eight nominations), Doja Cat (eight nominations), HER (eight nominations and a record 21 in four years), Billie Eilish (seven nominations), Olivia Rodrigo got the chance to win the most prestigious music award in 2022. (seven nominations), Lil Nas X (five nominations) and Taylor Swift (one nomination, but “Album of the Year”, in which Swift won three times already). Young Rodrigo will have to try to emulate Eilish's achievement, who two years ago became the first Grammy winner in 39 years in all four main categories: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Best New Artist. By the way, this year the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences expanded the number of nominees from eight to ten in these categories.

However, the largest number of nominations - 11 - went to John Baptiste. His album “We Are” received accolades from critics, and the jazz musician also took part in writing tracks for the cartoon "Soul", which also did not go unnoticed. Recall that last year Beyonce became the leader in the number of Grammy nominations. She could take home nine figurines, but in the end she won four awards. Offended by The Weeknd this year, he nevertheless received three nominations at once. Halsey found herself in a similar situation when she criticized the Grammy last year and was nominated for Best Alternative Album this year. And also the first in its history nomination ("Record of the Year") was received by the ABBA group.

There are two new categories

The statuettes for Best Global Music Performance and Best Album for Musica Urbana (nominated for Latin American Artists) will be presented for the first time at the upcoming ceremony. Now there are 88 categories.

Jay-Z is the most award-nominated artist of all time

In 2022, Jay-Z received three nominations, which allowed him to get such an honorable status. Prior to that, he shared a record in 80 nominations with producer and composer Quincy Jones. True, in terms of the number of awards, Jay-Z lags behind Jones (he became a laureate 23 times, and Quincy - 27). By the way, the wife of rapper Beyonce also set a record last year - she owns the largest number of victories among all solo artists.

Next you can check below some interesting facts by Bemorepanda about the Grammy award.

1. The first Grammy was awarded on May 4, 1959. The song of the year was Volare by Domenico Modugno. At that time, the award was presented in only 22 nominations. Winners in 82 nominations will be announced at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

2. In 1998, a certain Michael Portnoy received his moment of fame at the Grammy. During Bob Dylan's speech, a man walked on stage with a naked torso, and on his chest was written: "Soy bomb." He was immediately tied up and taken backstage. Subsequently, the "saboteur" explained that by his appearance he wanted to convey to the public that art should be as nutritious as soybeans.

3. Despite the fact that the Grammy awards are mostly musical, some awards are also given for recordings of the spoken genre. So in 2003, the actor Robin Williams received this award for the best album in the comedy spoken genre. For such creativity, Robin has already earned as many as five "gramophones".

4. Another actor and multiple Grammy winner is Will Smith. Smith began his show business career performing rap songs with DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. By the way, Smith and his comrades can be called the pioneers of the genre - it was they who, in 1989, were awarded the first Grammy award in history for reading rap. Subsequently, the actor received 3 more statuettes - in 1992, 1998 and 1999.

5. Surprisingly, the Grammy Awards are awarded not only to people, but also ... to dolls! Red Fuzzy Elmo from Muppet Show has won awards three times, including Elmopalooza - Best Album for Children in 1998.

6. There are also politicians among the winners of the Grammy Awards. This award was awarded to three American presidents at once - Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. But, of course, not for the songs, but for the beautiful speeches: in 2008 Obama won the Grammy for The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.

7. Usually musicians await the Grammy with the same excitement as the actors - the Oscar. But not the Irish singer Sinead O'Connor, known for her rebellious disposition. On February 3, 1991, the singer, who was declared in four nominations, publicly refused the award. "All this bullshit is permeated through and through with falsehood and reflects destructive values," - said Sinead. As a result, she won a Grammy in the Best Alternative Music Performance category, but never came for the award.

8. One of the most touching moments in the history of the ceremony happened in 2010, when the organizers decided to present a posthumous prize to King of Pop Michael Jackson. His children, 12-year-old son Prince Michael and 11-year-old daughter Paris, came to receive the award for the musician. The teenagers made such a heartfelt speech that the audience could hardly restrain sobbing.

9. In the category "Most Amazing Duo of the Grammy Awards," first place can be unconditionally given to rapper Eminem and Elton John, who sang Stan during the awards ceremony in 2001. The unexpected collaboration of representatives of two such different genres was remembered for a long time by all spectators of that ceremony.

10. Now is the time to talk about the Grammy records. American singer Sherrill Crow is one of three performers to win two awards at once - Best New Artist and Record of the Year - in the same year. This achievement will be shared by Norah Jones and Christopher Cross.

11. Group U2 is the leader in the number of Grammys among musical groups. To date, they have 22 awards.

12. American blind soul singer Stevie Wonder has 28 phonographs in his musical collection, including a Grammy for Lifetime Achievement. This is an absolute record.

13. Singer Leanne Rimes became the youngest Grammy winner in history. She was only 14 years old when she received this award for Best New Artist in 1996.

14. The group Led Zeppelin received belated recognition. The band won its first and only Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2005 - 25 years after the band's disbandment.

15. Russian musicians are nominated for a Grammy almost every year. Here is just one single genre - classical music. Conductors Yuri Bashmet and Mikhail Pletnev became the laureates of the prize from Russia. But the opera diva Anna Netrebko and artistic director of the Mariinsky Theater Valery Gergiev, although they were nominated, until they received a Grammy.

16. The record for the number of Grammy awards in its entire history belongs to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, which already has 60 statuettes.

17. "Grammy" is the highest award for a musician, so usually the laureates are very happy about their victory, but not Sinead O'Connor (52). On February 3, 1991, the Irish singer, nominated in four nominations for Best Alternative Performance, turned down the award and never came for it.

18. American composer, arranger, record producer and trumpet player Quincy Jones has been nominated for a Grammy 79 times at 27 awards, more than anyone else. But he never became a laureate of the award.

19. In the piggy bank Stevie Wonder (68) 22 Grammy awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award.

20. In 1998, a young man named Michael Portnoy ran onto the stage of the ceremony during a show by Bob Dylan (77) with a naked torso on which was written "Soy Bomb". As Michael later explained, he wanted to convey to everyone that art should be as nutritious as soy.

21. Did you know that the Grammys are awarded not only for musical works? In 2003, actor Robin Williams won the Best Comedy Talk Album award. By the way, at the moment he already has 5 "gramophones" in this nomination.

22. Conductor Georg Solti holds the record for the most Grammy awards with 31 awards. Among women - Alison Krauss (47), she has 28 figurines.

23. We will never forget how in 2001 Eminem (46) and Elton John (71) took to the stage of the ceremony together to perform a track by rapper Stan.

24. There are also politicians among the winners of the Grammy Awards. As many as three American presidents - Jimmy Carter (94), Bill Clinton (72) and Barack Obama (58) - have received the award. Of course, not for songs, but for beautiful speeches. In 2008, Obama received a Grammy for The Audacity Of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream.

25. Believe it or not, even dolls get Grammy awards. Red Fuzzy Elmo from Muppet Show won the award three times, including the 1998 Best Album for Children.

26. 2010 was one of the most moving moments in the history of the ceremony. Then the organizers decided to present the posthumous prize to the king of pop Michael Jackson. His children - son Prince Michael (21) and daughter Paris (20) - came to receive the award for the musician. They made such a heartfelt speech that the audience could hardly hold back tears.

27. The youngest winner of the award is singer Leanne Rimes (36), who won the award in 1997 at the age of 14 for Best New Artist. And the oldest winner in 1991 was the late George Burns. He received the award at the age of 91 in the category "Non-musical work" for his "Gracie: A Love Story" ("Gracie: a love story").

28. The album that won the most impressive collection of Grammy awards in 2000 is Supernatural by Carlos Santana (71). In total, he received nine awards - the most in one year.

29. American singer Sherrill Crowe (56) is one of three performers, along with Norah Jones (39) and Christopher Cross (67), who have won two awards at once (in the nominations "Best New Artist" and "Record of the Year") in the same year.

30. The group Led Zeppelin received belated recognition. The band won its first and only Grammy Award for Lifetime Achievement only in 2005 - 25 years after the group split up.

31. The Grammy Awards have had their own "unlucky" ones. For example, singer Brian McKnight (49) - he has 16 nominations and not a single statuette. Not too lucky and the new Milli Vanilli. They won an award in the 1990s for Best New Artist. But it soon became known that the appearance of the musicians did not meet the expectations of the youth audience, and besides, they always performed “under the veneer”. Soon the duo was taken away from the previously received "Grammy" - the only case in the history of this musical award.

32. Initially, the Grammy was planned as a kind of analogue of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, but at some point the recording bosses decided that no boulevard or even a highway would be enough for all worthy figures, and instead decided to award statuettes - by analogy with the already popular at that time "Oscar".

33.The National Academy of Arts awards not only statuettes, but also medals.

The Grammy awards are handled by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, founded in 1957 specifically to select candidates worthy of this high award and its presentation.

34. The first Grammy Awards (then called the Gramophone Awards) took place in 1959, but was not filmed for television. The second ceremony has already been shown on tape, and the first live broadcast of the ceremony took place in 1971. The ABC television company decided on this bold step on one condition - the producer of the program, Pierre Cosette, had to get one of three celebrities as the host: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin or Andy Williams (a famous pop artist). Cosette completed the task by inviting the last of them. At the same time, he did not even try to call Sinatra or Martin. “I figured Dean wouldn't do it, and neither would Sinatra,” the producer recalled.

35. In the first Grammy ceremony, 28 awards were presented. By 2011, their number had reached 109, but by the following year it had been drastically reduced to 78. At the 2017 ceremony, 83 Grammys will be handed out - not counting special awards.

36. Singer Bobby Darin received a Grammy in1959.

Before the coveted statuettes received the nickname "Grammy", they were fondly referred to as "Eddie" - in honor of the inventor of the phonograph, Thomas Edison.

37. The Grammy figurines are handcrafted by a team led by sculptor John Billings, who was a student of the original creator Bob Graves. The famous "gramophones" are made from an alloy of zinc and aluminum (which Billings calls "gramium" for solidity), turned, polished, electroplated with a layer of 24-carat gold and placed on a metal base. The production of one figurine takes 15 to 20 hours. Billings also created 48 “dummy” Grammys to be reused in ceremonies: in fact, the winners receive their personalized awards by home delivery!

38.One of the most famous scandals in Grammy history happened in 1989, when Jethro Tull won the Best Hard Rock / Heavy Metal Performance award for their flute-heavy album Crest Of a Knave, ahead of their clear favorites - Metallica with their album “... And Justice For All”. For the sake of fairness, it should be said that the aforementioned Jethro Tull album lacks not only Ian Anderson's flute (who did not even bother to appear at the awards ceremony), but also quite heavy guitar cuts of Martin Barr, who just then entered his "heavy metal" phase ... All this, however, did not really impress the audience, and at the moment the winner was announced, a noticeable humming and whistling was heard from the audience. Their label Chrysalis stood up for Jethro Tull with a congratulatory press release stating that "the flute is a heavy, metal instrument." Metallica has achieved its goal with the release of its famous "Black Album". And although after the 1989 scandal the nomination was divided for "Best Hard Rock Performance" and "Best Metal Performance", Lars Ulrich could not resist joking: "We have to thank Jethro Tull for not releasing an album this year."

39. The youngest Grammy winner is country star LeAnn Rimes, who won the statuette at the tender age of 14. The most mature was the blues pianist Pinetop Perkins: in 2011, when he received a Grammy, he was 97 years old.

40. Barack Obama. Yes, indeed, the now former President of the United States has also been honored with the popular award. True, he did not sing or play anything - he just voiced his own memoirs “Dreams From My Father”. It is also worth noting that at that time, in 2009, he was not yet the president of all America, but just a senator.

41. Bill Clinton. Another president in our selection, Clinton received the coveted statuette in 2005, when he was already an ex-president. It was then that Bill took a direct part in the recording of an interesting project - the recording of the musical fairy tale “Wolf Tracks”, “the sequel

42. Mikhail Gorbachev. Yes, the first and last president of the USSR also owns a Grammy! Together with his American colleague, he took part in the recording of the same project "Peter and the Wolf" Mikhail Sergeevich read the inserts "Entry", "Intermezzo" and "Epilogue" - in Russian. His reading was accompanied by a translation into English.

43.Orson Welles. The iconic actor / director / screenwriter / genius won not one, but three Grammy Awards in the Conversational Album category. And one of them - for the soundtrack to his first and most famous film, Citizen Kane. What can you say here? Talented people are talented in everything.

44. Elmo. Yes, the red hairy creature, so beloved by many fans of the Muppet Show, has received a Grammy not once, but three times! In each case, Elmo shared an honorary award with famous performers (Linda Ronstad, Pete Seeger and They Might Be Giants), but we know whose talent in each case belongs the main merit!

45. Margaret Hillis with their Grammy Awards in 1986.

There are many nominations in the arsenal of the prestigious award, including highly specialized ones, and therefore the list of winners who have collected the largest number of Grammys should perhaps not surprise us so much. Yes, maybe it shouldn't.

46. The Grammy's relationship with rock music (especially British) has always been difficult, as the following examples illustrate.

47. The Beatles. Against the background of the merits of the above performers (including Kanye West), the achievements of the Liverpool Four look very modest - only some 8 awards, the first of which was presented in 1965. Even Foo Fighters have more!

48. The Rolling Stones. The Beatles' eternal rivals were ignored by the Academy for a long time, and were able to pull out their first statuette only in 1986, having received the "pardonable" award for Lifetime Achievement. True, in the 90s they still managed to win several "real" statuettes.

49. Pink Floyd. The rock titans of the 70s received their first and only "gramophone" only in 1995 - for the instrumental "Marooned". Perhaps the most famous album in history, "Dark Side Of The Moon" was awarded a generous nomination for "Best Sound Engineer", but academics felt that the sound of the album still fell short and gave the "Grammy" to other hands.

50. Led Zeppelin. In 1970, the founders of hard rock were nominated for Best New Artist, but to no avail. Since the late 90s, the Academy has consoled itself by introducing the classic albums and compositions of the group, which during its lifetime did not receive its attention, into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The LZ received their first and last "real" Grammy in 2014 for their live reunion album "Celebration Day".

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