Remembering King of Pop on his birthday
August 29th, 2012
04:19 PM ET

Remembering King of Pop on his birthday

In honor of what would've been Michael Jackson's 54th birthday, the hometown of the late pop icon is throwing a four-day long celebration.

Jackson's three kids, Paris, Blanket and Prince, along with his mom Katherine and sister La Toya, have been spotted by TMZ in Gary, Indiana, for the event, which launches today.

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Filed under: Celebrities • Michael Jackson • Michael Jackson Tribute • Music
February 1st, 2010
09:17 PM ET

Michael Jackson’s 'Earth Song' needs trees for the watching

Sunday night, I had the amazing opportunity to work at the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards. From the outfits on the red carpet to the performances during the telecast, everything was fantastic. There are so many things I could write about, like seeing Lady Gaga’s spectacular outfit in person, and even questioning whether every Grammy winner was truly happy with the category they won in. However, there is just one topic that I’m going to bring attention to: the Michael Jackson’s tribute performance.

Yes, I thought that the “Earth Song” and its performers were great. The 3-D effect was very cool as well. However... Michael Jackson’s “Earth Song” is a pro-environment, save the rain forests-themed tune. But aren’t 3-D glasses made of paper, from trees? Exactly how many trees were cut down to provide viewers with 3-D glasses in order to watch a performance that lasted a few minutes? Just wondering… What do you think?

September 7th, 2009
12:03 PM ET

"Thriller" world record attempt

How exactly does one attempt to break the Guinness Book world record for the most people dancing to Michael Jackson's "Thriller?" As Sunday night's event at Atlanta, Georgia's Dragon*Con proved, it's no small feat.

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Participants were asked to sign up and get a number all throughout the weekend, and were encouraged to attend two rehearsals earlier in the day. Dancer Ben Acosta of Huntsville, Alabama, explained, "They took you through all the steps and broke everything down to bring all of the components of it together."

The atmosphere in the Sheraton hotel ballroom was electric in the minutes leading up to the big moment, with spontaneous applause and chanting breaking out on more than one occasion.

Jackson look-a-likes (including one who took the stage to lead the dance) and dress-a-likes were prevalent, along with a multitude of "zombies," not an unusual sight for the annual convention. Among the participants were someone dressed as an "Alien" from the long-running film franchise of the same name, and another convention regular in a costume based on "Sesame Street's" Cookie Monster.

So did they break the record? Convention staffers told CNN that they were able to sign up 1,118 dancers. However, a large group in Mexico made another attempt to break the record, previously set by 242 College of William & Mary students back in April. Guinness Book officials are expected to sort through all of this in the coming days. Regardless of whether they broke the record, everyone there seemed to have a lot of fun. As Acosta put it, "It was a chance to be part of something extraordinary."

July 9th, 2009
04:09 PM ET

No Congressional resolution for Jackson

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has scotched plans for a vote on a resolution  honoring Michael Jacksonas an "accomplished contributor to the worlds of arts and entertainment" and a "global humanitarian."

Pelosi called Jackson a "great, great performer", but opined "I don't think it's necessary" to pass a resolution praising him, according to CNN Congressional producer Deirdre Walsh.

She acknowledged that opening the resolution to debate could create an unseemly spectacle with some members of the House potentially expressing "contrary views" about the entertainer.

One of those contrary views comes from Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), who posted a video to YouTube denouncing Jackson as a "low-life, a "pervert" and a "pedophile."  He had vowed to block the resolution.

Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-Texas), who spoke at Jackson's memorial service in Los Angeles Tuesday, had introduced the resolution "honoring an American legend and musical icon."

Do you think Michael Jackson deserves a Congressional resolution in his honor?

July 8th, 2009
01:59 PM ET

How will Jackson leave his stamp?

michael jackson memorial service

Rev. Al Sharpton called for a commemorative Michael Jackson stamp, online petitions are circulating to make Jackson's birthday a national holiday (August 29), and Facebook users want June 25 to be "Michael Jackson Remembrance Day."

Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, D-Texas said at Jackson's memorial that a resolution promising to honor Michael Jackson as an international humanitarian is on the House floor. For that promise to materialize, however, it first has to get past political critics.

Similarly, the likelihood of Jackson's image being affixed to your mail won't be known anytime soon, because the United States Postal Service doesn't evaluate commemorative stamps until five years after an individual's death.

As far as a holiday, no government representatives have touched the issue. But fans are already making promises to annually remember the pop icon, federal approval or not.

– Writer/Producer Intern Breeana Hare

July 8th, 2009
12:04 PM ET

No one knows heartbreak like a kid

Michael Jackson sang it at age 10. Then Shaheen Jafargholi did at age 12. Isn't it funny that the song "Who's Loving You?" about love and loss can be sung so well by kids?

When the "Britain's Got Talent" finalist took the stage on Tuesday, few viewers and attendees knew the power of his pipes. After his performance, it seemed as if everyone's immediate question was: Who is this kid?

The Welsh-Iranian miniature crooner first sang the Jackson 5 hit "Who's Loving You" for the U.K. television show and even managed to wow the stoic judge Simon Cowell on the show. Cowell had told Jafargholi, "This may be the start of something special for you, young man."

Indeed it was. Jafargholi's performance was so strong that once Michael Jackson saw it, he offered Jafargholi to join him on his 50-concert tour in London, according to news reports. The Jackson family personally invited Jafargholi to perform at the memorial.

The singer received a standing O after his performance at the ceremony. Jafargholi then gave a shout-out to the late King of Pop, "I want to thank him so much for blessing me and every individual on this earth with his music."

– Writer/Producer Intern Breeana Hare

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