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Michael Jackson is one of the most prolific musicians in American history. Known as the King of Pop, Jackson’s contributions to music, dance, and fashion made him a pop culture icon. His musical career began in 1968 with The Jackson 5, a group that included his brothers Jackie, Tito, Jermaine, and Marlon.
Jackson began his solo career in 1971, and by the 1980s, he had became a worldwide superstar with hits such as “Beat It,” Billie Jean,” and “Thriller.” Jackson helped transform music with his use of music videos, and the popularity of his music videos is widely credited with helping MTV become established as go to source for music videos and music related information.
Jackson won numerous awards and broke many records. His 1982 Thriller album is the best selling album of all time. He is the most awarded recording artist in history. He has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, holds multiple Guinness World Records, won 13 Grammy Awards, the Grammy Legend Award, and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He also won 26 American Music Awards, which is a record. His albums have sold more than 400 million units worldwide.
Jackson’s untimely death at age 50 in June 2009 left fans all over the world stunned. He was preparing for what was supposed to be his final tour. The This Is It tour sold over one million tickets in less than two hours. The tour would have started July 13, 2009.
The fact that many fans never got to see a final Michael Jackson performance makes the following video special for many of his fans. The video is of a hologram performance at the recent Billboard Music Awards. It is a realistic performance of Slave To The Rhythm, a track appears on Jackson’s first posthumous album, Xscape.. The performance includes Jackson’s iconic moonwalk dance move. Check the full performance out below: