Today in MJJ HIStory
1989 – The MTV Music Video Awards were presented. Dominating the nominations with 9 were videos by none other than Michael Jacksom. “Leave Me Alone”was nominated for Best Video, Best Special Effects, Best Art Direction , Best Editing, Breakthrough Video & the Viewer’s Choice Award. “Smooth Criminal” was nominated for Best Dance, Best Choreography, and Best Cinematography. The outcome was dissapointing with the only award for Michael’s video going to Jim Blashfield for Best Special Effects for his work on “Leave Me Alone”. Michael did not attend the award presentation.
1993 – Newsweek magazine featured MJ on their cover with the story Michael’s World – Is He Dangerous Or Just Off The Wall?
1996 – In Prague, Chech Republic, he visits a children’s hospital.
Michael spend 4 days Prague to embark on his HIStory World Tour on September 7th, 1996. During his stay in the Czech capital Michael had received police escorts throughout the ancient city, and been treated like royalty.
2001 – Thursday, Michael Jackson made a surprise appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards with NSYNC at the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center in New York City, NY.
Shunning the notion that the boy band era would end, also winning big was *NSYNC, in all their frosty-locked glory. They walked with four awards for “Pop” — Best Dance Video, Best Group Video, Best Pop Video and Viewer’s Choice. And what could be more fitting than a surprise appearance by the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, near the end of *NSYNC’s performance of the song? Nothing, that’s what. Jackson lit up the stage with a short but dazzling dance number including some of his trademark dance moves while Justin Timberlake beat boxed. Incredible. His cameo surprised the crowd and made headlines all over the world and was considered by observers and critics as the highlight of the show.
Apparently Michael Jackson wanted to get the dust off his signature black penny loafers 24 hours ahead of schedule. He performed in front of a U.S. audience for the first time in years when he joined ‘NSYNC onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Toward the end of the group’s performance of “Pop,” the words “King of Pop” appeared on a giant Etch a Sketch, only to be replaced by a silhouette of Jackson. As the oversized drawing device was elevated, Jackson, dressed in a white V-neck T-shirt and a black shirt and pants, came onstage and started to do the robot, pop-lock and show off his often-imitated spins and feet shuffling, but he did not sing.
Jackson’s only acknowledgement to the audience, which gave him a standing ovation, was a single point of the finger.
Dressed in his trademark white T-shirt and penny loafers, he did not join the group to sing but instead busted into a handful of some of his signature dance moves while ‘NSYNC member Justin Timberlake beatboxed to accompany him. It was a poetic moment, especially considering how much Timberlake was clearly inspired by Jackson. Michael’s return to the MTV stage made a big splash, and got the ball rolling on the buildup to his new album Invincible.
Along with fellow former-‘NSYNC members JC Chasez and Lance Bass, Timberlake spoke about the moment after learning of Jackson’s death on Thursday. “I can’t find the words right now to express how deeply saddened I am by Michael’s passing,” Timberlake said. “We have lost a genius and a true ambassador of not only pop music, but of all music. He has been an inspiration to multiple generations, and I will always cherish the moments I shared with him onstage.”