Michael Jackson was a creative visionary and gifted performer who redefined what pop could—or should—sound like.
The future King of Pop carried soul and R&B into the mainstream in the '70s with the Jackson 5, and then leveraged music videos and smart collaborations to become a beloved global superstar in the '80s.
NSYNC Induct Michael JacksonNSYNC Induct Michael Jackson at the 2001 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
NSYNC Induct Michael Jackson00:03:42
Michael Jackson acceptance speech00:02:57
"Rock With You"00:03:41
"The Way You Make Me Feel"00:03:47
Hall of Fame Essay
There was one unmistakable moment when Michael Jackson entered the American mind as an embodied possibility of not just our pleasures but also our ideals.
That moment came in early 1983. Jackson’s music was already in the air by that time - in fact, it was transforming the air. Everywhere you turned, you would hear an animating sound. It began with taut, maddened, funk-infused guitar lines that scrambled against the upsweeping curve of a string section in a heady depiction of emotional panic.
He knew what would make us move onto the dance floor
Photography: Getty/WireImage; Kevin Mazur, WireImage
Cleveland, Ohio 44114