|Awards & Recognitions|
The Early Years:
In 1971, for their playing two benefit concerts for the re-election campaign for Mayor Richard Hatcher, January 31 is declared "Jackson Five Day” in Gary, Indiana, the group receiving the Keys To The City as well. As part of the homecoming, a plaque is placed at the University of Indiana, stating that the Jackson 5 give "Hope To The Young”. Their Congressman then presents them with the flag from the top of the State Capital.
On September 20, 1971, the Jackson Five receive commendations for “contributions to American youth”. The Congressional Record reads that “despite their fantastic commercial success, members of the Jackson Five are continuing their education […]”, and more such complimentary assertions.
In 1972, Michael Jackson - together with the Jackson 5 - is given the U.S. Congress "Special Recommendation For Positive Role Models" award.
In February, 1974, while on their first African tour - in Dakar, Senegal - the Jackson 5 receive the Organization of African Unity award – For Strengthening Afro-Americans. The same year, they receive the Key to the City of Buffalo, New York, by Mayor Stanley Makowsky.
In 1975, the Jackson 5 are made Honorary members of the Congressional Black Caucus, an organization representing the African American Members of the United States Congress, with goals as "positively influencing the course of events pertinent to African-Americans and others of similar experience and situation," and "achieving greater equity for persons of African descent in the design and content of domestic and international programs and services."
Shortly after its release on February 14, 1983, "Beat It" will be included in the National Highway Safety Commission's anti-drunk driving campaign, "Drinking and Driving Can Kill A Friendship."
At the Billboard Video Awards in 1983, Michael Jackson receives two awards for the pro non-violence hymn, "Beat It", including the award for Best Use Of Video To Enhance Artist's Song and the Best Use of Video To Enhance Artist's Image.
At the 26th Grammy Awards from Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, on February 28, 1984, Michael Jackson wins the "Best Recording For Children" award (one of the 8 Grammys in total that he wins at the event), for narrating the "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial" film story. He also wins the "Best Male Rock Vocal Performance" and "Record of the Year" for "Beat It".
On May 14, 1984, at a ceremony held in the White House, he receives the Presidential Humanitarian Award for humanitarian endeavors from late American President, Ronald Reagan, acknowledging Jackson’s contribution to promoting the "National Campaign Against Teenage Drunk Driving" program. The plaque presented to him by Reagan is engraved with these words: “To Michael Jackson, with appreciation for the outstanding example you have set for the youth of America and the world. Your historic record-breaking achievements and your preeminence in popular music are a tribute to your creativity, dedication, and great ability. The generous contribution to your time and talent to the National Campaign Against Teenage Drunk Driving will help millions of young Americans learn that drinking and driving can kill a friendship.”
In Kansas City, July, 1984, the Jackson family are honored with the special “H. Claude Hudson Medal Of Freedom” humanitarian award on behalf of NAACP for their ‘exemplary unit as a family and for their display of those human values which we all respect”, on occasion of a press conference on the eve of their American tour. Michael and Tito Jackson accept the award on behalf of the family. Claude Silbert Hudson (1881-1952) was an American chemist, best known for his work in the carbohydrate chemistry. He is also the namesake of the Claude S. Hudson Award in Carbohydrate Chemistry and the H. Claude Hudson Comprehensive Health Center in Los Angeles, California. In addition, at the same event, The Jacksons are offered the 1984 "Olympic Medal Of Friendship”.
On August 2, 1984, he is honoured with a plaque and T-shirt for his work with the National Youth Movement’s “Pride Patrol” Program, at Hemsley Hotel, New York.
On November 18, 1984, Michael Jackson is made an honorary member of the New Westminster Police Department while in British Columbia, Canada. Appointed PC 49, he swears as a police constable to "serve the Queen and cause the peace to be kept and preserved".
In December, the singer is voted 1984's "Hero Of Young America" by a poll of 4,000 teenagers, set up by British tabloid paper, The Sun.
“Ebony” magazine names Michael Jackson one of 100 Most Influential Black Americans of 1984.
On September 13, 1985, the MTV Video Music Award For Viewer's Choice is won by Michael Jackson and USA For Africa for song "We Are The World".
On January 27, 1986, on occasion of the 13th Annual American Music Awards, the "Song of the Year Award" is earned by "We Are The World" and accepted by American musician, actor and social activist, Harry Belafonte, who was one of the key organizers behind the 1985 "USA For Africa" project, a multi-artist effort to raise funds for Africa. Belafonte acknowledges four people "who really made a difference in this project" - "one, who is our leader, [fundraiser] Ken Kragen, [producer] Quincy Jones, who made us all leave our egos at the door, and the two artists who, without their great gift, it would not have inspired us quite in the same ways as we were inspired: Mr. Lionel Richie and Mr. Michael Jackson."
On February 25, 1986, at the 28th Grammy Awards from Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, songwriters Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie are honored with the "Best Song of the Year" award for "We Are The World", the relief single they wrote for the "USA For Africa" project in 1985. The song is also voted as the "Record of the Year", an award accepted by producer Quincy Jones, joined on stage by Jackson, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder and Dionne Warwick. The other honors for "We Are The World" are the "Best Pop Performance By Duo or Group" and "Best Short Form Video".
In 1986, the People's Choice Awards show names "We Are The World" as the year's "Favorite New Song", the award being accepted by country singer, Kenny Rogers.
On March 10, 1988, the "United Negro College Fund" recompenses him with Fisk University’s "Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree" and the Frederick D. Patterson Award at the Sheraton Hotel in New York City, N.Y., honoring the entertainer’s continued commitments to "UNCF" towards alleviating world hunger, his help of terminally ill children and his inspirational example to the youth of America. On March 1, Jackson presents the UNCF's CEO with 600,000 dollars from a benefit concert. President Henry Ponder of Fisk University praises Jackson and his relief contributions on handing the degree over to him: “As though your special gift and talent was not sufficient, you have sought to make the world a better place through many humanitarian and philanthropic efforts with “We Are The World”, a song you co-wrote with Lionel Richie”. Ponder continues: “You touched the hearts of hundreds of millions of people and spurred international efforts to eradicate world hunger.” In presenting the entertainer the coveted Frederick D. Patterson Award, named for the former Tuskegee Institute (now University) president who founded the UNCF in 1944, Dr. Mabel McLean, president of the Barber Scotia College in Concord, N.C., and then chair of the presidents of UNCF member institutions tell Jackson: “Through your efforts to increase knowledge, to combat hunger, to aid terminally ill children, to inspire youth, you have shown that caring, sharing and daring to lend a hand is what’s really Bad!”. In a surprise pre-recorded message by then President Ronald Reagan, he congratulates the honoree for the Patterson Award and for becoming the new “Dr. J.”. “I’m specially impressed by your involvement with the T.J. Martell Foundation, Camp Good Times for children fighting cancer and the United Negro College Fund, a charity Nancy, [my wife] and I have been personally committed to for years…”, Reagan states, adding that “[…] Your partnership with the UNCF will help accomplish more good in the world… God bless you.” That night, 2 scholarship recipients from the Michael Jackson Scholarship Fund he established four years before, Curresia McFarland and Ellis Staten, present to him a book of thank-you letters from all of the students enrolled at Black colleges on his scholarships, and make brief thank-you speeches to Jackson.
Upon performing three sold-out concerts at the Metropolitan Chicago’s Rosemont Horizon in April, 1988, Michael Jackson receives the Key to the City from Mayor Eugene Sawyer, who cites the entertainer for his onstage performance and humanitarian philanthropy. Michael shares his honor backstage with internationally renowned singer/dancer/actress Lola Falana, her waging also a courageous battle against multiple sclerosis.
On July 20, 1988, Michael Jackson is presented with a Sword to commemorate the Bad Tour at the Guildhall party in London, Britain. In the evening, an elaborate banquet is held to commemorate the Bad shows at Wembley Stadium. Jackson becomes the first ever commoner to enter the London’s historic Guildhall’s Royal Entrance, a unique privilege that required the Queen’s personal approval. His arrival is heralded by the red-jacketed trumpeters of the Life Guard cavalry, usually seen marching along the Mall. There follow a 75,000-pounds banquet, during which the roast beef iss paraded through the room by the Corps of Drums of the Honourable Artillery Company. Ballet dancers burst from a box. Dancers in Olde English costume scatter rose petals at the singer’s feet. Then, he watches wide-eyed as first Henry VIII, then Elizabeth I, Lord Nelson, Nell Gwynn, Robin Hood, Maid Marion and Dick Whittington pay their respects. Fire-eaters, jugglers, jesters and Elizabethan musicians visit his table. Michael Jackson takes the salute as the Band of the Corps of Royal Engineers beat the retreat, walking up and down a line of liveried Life Guard troops, as if he were a general inspecting them. He bops lightly on his heels as the band plays and grins wildly when they launch into their own version of Billie Jean. Then a knight in shining armor gallopes across the courtyard, leaps from his saddle, pulls a sword from a stone and goes down on one knee before handing the sword to the entertainer. He is blissfully unaware of the historical significance, and hands the sword - which King Arthur pulled from the stone before he recruited the knights of the Round Table Knights of the Round Table – to a 7-foot minder wearing a top hat, and makes him the King of England.
In January, 1989, the entertainer is presented with the "National Urban Coalition Artist/Humanitarian Of The Year Award" by "Say Yes To A Youngster’s Future", recompensing Jackson's involvement in supporting the natural sciences field for children. The program encourages children to study math and science.
In March, 1989, he accepts the "Black Radio Exclusive Humanitarian Award" at the Universal Amphitheater in Universal City, California, as a recognition for his charitable and humanitarian endeavors.
In 1989, at Jackson's Neverland Ranch, representatives of the 'Children Of The World' present the entertainer with the "Rock Over Europe Award" for Best Children Of The World Music Video, "for total video works and connections with the battled (?), for his great creativity, story-board, engineering and perfect production". The award was chosen by children the world over.
In 1989, Forbes Magazine presents the "Gardner Street Elementary School" in Hollywood, Los Angeles with the "Most Famous Alumnus" award; that year, the school, where Michael Jackson attended sixth grade as a child, is renamed in his honor as "The Michael Jackson Auditorium". He attends the unveiling of the newly renamed institution and makes a speech therein. In return for the honor, Jackson pays the salary for the school’s music teacher, has planted memorial bushes near the playground, also leaving his signature on the wall of Room 8, his old 6th grade school room.
On February 3, 1990, Michael Jackson is offered the "Role Model Award" from Japan. He accepts the award via satellite.
On April 5, 1990, during a ceremony, he is awarded as "Entertainer Of The Decade", and in recognition for his philanthropic commitments, former President, George Bush Sr., presents him at the White House with the "Point of Light Ambassador" award, who makes an introductory speech explaining to the press Jackson's humanitarianism throughout the years. Jackson is the only entertainer who has received this honor. Jackson will afterwards autograph Easter eggs for the annual White House Easter egg roll and present President Bush with his audio albums.
In July, 1990, having invited at Neverland 45 critically ill children from the "Dream Street" project, he is made an honorary member of the '28th St. Community Y.M.C.A.', located in South Los Angeles, California. The Y.M.C.A. ('Young Men's Christian Association') is a federated organization consisting in local and national organizations in voluntary association. Today, Y.M.C.A's are open to all, regardless of faith, social class, age or gender.
At the 4th Annual Soul Train Music Awards in 1990, Michael Jackson wins the Humanitarian of the Year Award.
On May 8, 1990, Broadcasting Music Inc. honors the singer with the first "BMI Michael Jackson Award" for his humanitarian efforts, as well as for his songwriting, recording and performing contributions, at a lunch event at Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. It was the first time BMI named an award for a personality other than the presidents of the company.The winning plaque reads: "Celebrated songwriter and composer, artist of the eighties, creative innovator in music, dance, video and film trendsetter and role model for the youth of the world, benefactor and humanitarian, BMI, on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, is proud to inaugurate the "BMI Michael Jackson Award in honor of these unique and ongoing achievements. [...]"
On October 23, 1990, Michael Jackson and Sir Elton John are awarded the first "Ryan White Award" for outstanding contribution to AIDS programs (award that will be handed over a year later).
A 1991 issue of Ebony magazine lists Michael Jackson as one of the 100 most important black people of the 20h century.
In February, 1992, on occasion of one of his goodwill trips to Africa, Michael Jackson is crowned King Sanwi by King Nana Amon Ndoufou IV - ruler of Sanwi on the Ivory Coast - during vast ceremonies held in the Village of Krindjabo. Jackson is also welcomed on February 11 by 100,000 people when he arrives in Libreville, Gabon, President Omar Bongo recompensing him with the 'National Honor Of Merit Award' on behalf of the country of Gabon, West-Central Africa, at the Ambassador's Hall in the Presidential Palace.
On March 5, 1992, he is offered the "Lifetime Achievement Award" by the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, at the organization’s eighth annual Communications Awards Dinner, at the Sheraton Washington Hotel in Washington D.C. The honor recompenses Jackson's 'contributions to pop music, culture, fashion and philantropy'. NABOB represents African-American radio and television station owners; a month before awarding the singer with the mentioned honor, the organization resolved a boycott against Sony Music Entertainment, citing discriminatory distribution and promotion of Jackson’s Epic album, "Dangerous". Michael Jackson, himself, would cite similar issues with regard to the company 10 years later.
On May 1, 1992, the entertainer receives a new "Point of Light" award from Mr. George Bush Sr. at the White House in Washington D.C., for his perseverent efforts toward disadvantaged and depraved children. 20 other Americans are awarded the honor for their special contributions to volunteer work. The President lunches with the singer and gives him a seat of honor at the front of the White House East Room during the awards ceremony.
On June 3, 1992, at Tavern On The Green in New York City, the "One To One" award is offered to Jackson by the 'Operation One to One' organization (in charge with creating better living standards for young people), for efforts committed in helping economically disadvantaged youth. Jackson attends the 'Operation One To One Honors' dinner with friends Elizabeth Taylor and Donald Trump.
In June, 1992, Jackson meets with Italian singers, Eros Ramazzotti and Gianni Morandi to receive some funds for his ‘Heal The World Foundation’ after a Soccer’s Charity match held in Italy by Nazionale Italiana Cantanti.
In July, 1992, the book, "Real Magic", is penned by psychologist Dr. Wayne Dyer as a means to support Jackson's children-relief and peace-oriented activities worldwide. Dyer has spent several days at Jackson's Neverland Ranch and was convinced he is meritorious of the dedication. He has further declared that he admires the star for his strength and resilience towards the tabloid press.
In France, September 13, 1992, while on his 'Dangerous' Tour stop there, the singer receives backstage a cheque for his 'Heal the World Foundation' on behalf of some children.
In Germany, August, 1992, on occasion of 'Bim Bam Bino", a German TV series for children, Michael Jackson, who is there to give a few Dangerous concerts in Cardiff, Bremen, Hamburg and Hamelin, is presented with a cheque by two puppets and five children for his 'Heal The World Foundation'. 'Bim Bam Bino' had runned for ten years, from 1988 to 1998.
On January 26, 1993, the musician accepts a cheque for 100,000 dollars from the National Football League and the Sponsors of the Super Bowl at a press conference held at Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles, California. Neil Austrian, president of NFL, presents Jackson with a custom-made Superbowl jacket. He also receives 500,000 dollars from BEST Foundation for his Heal The World Foundation.
In March 1993, Beverly Hills, California, film "Free Willy" is honored with a Genesis Award for "Motion Picture Of The Year". These specific Genesis Awards are given in recognition of a film's efforts to address animal issues. The Genesis Awards are handed over annually to major news and entertainment personalities and media, for producing outstanding works which raise public understanding of animal issues, and is presented by The Humane Society of the Unites States.
Michael Jackson picks up an honor on May 19, 1993, from the Guiness World of Records Museum, Hollywood, L.A., who presents him with the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is in recognition of his many world records: the best selling album in history ("Thriller", which wins eight Grammy awards in 1984), the biggest concert (with an audience of 500, 000 people in four shows at London's Wembley Stadium), the biggest contract in the history of show business (signed with Sony in 1991), and performing before the largest ever television audience (133, 4 million during his halftime performance for the 1993 Superbowl). The master of ceremonies for the event is Casey Kasem and the founding editor of the Guiness Book of World Records, Norris McWhirter, flies to Los Angeles from London especially to present the honor to Jackson. On accepting his award, the entertainer graciously says: “I love you all and thank you very much for coming.” Lori Byner, then president of the Michael Jackson Observer Fan Club, presents Jackson with a second award, a plaque acknowledging his work with children, its inscription reading: "In deepest appreciation for all you have done for the children of the world, because of your great love and sensitivity towards all children, they now have a chance to live a happy and normal life. Without other great humanitarians like yourself, the lives and future of our children the world over is hopeless. All of us wish to join hands with you, Michael, to help Heal The World and to preserve the future for all the children of the world. We, the members of the Michael Jackson Observer Fan Club, wish to offer you our support, love, loyalty and appreciation for everything you have done for our children, and for all of us. With our deepest respect and love, The Michael Jackson Observer Fan Club of the United States and around the world." After the award ceremonies, Jackson enters the Museum to unveil an updated lifesize likeness of himself being added to the museum’s display, the figure standing on top of a giant 45 rpm record in recognition of his unprecedented world records in entertainment. Also as part of the display are the entertainer’s albums, memorabilia and video monitors playing highlights from his entire career.
In August, 1993 on occasion of the "Jack Rapper Awards", he accepts the "Our Children, Our Hope Of Tomorrow" award, named after Jackson.
At the 1993 Soul Train Music Awards, Michael Jackson wins a special Humanitarian Of The Year Award.
The 1992 HBO Special and Dangerous Tour concert Jackson gave in Bucharest, Romania earn(s) the CableACE Award for Outstanding Musical Special in 1994. The entertainer chose this concert for worldwide television broadcast on October 1, 1992, to draw attention to the country's then large number of institutionalized children from special homes.
At the 3rd Annual MTV Movie Awards in 1994, Michael Jackson's "Will You Be There" is chosen the Best Movie Song from the film about rescuing the wales, "Free Willy". Jackson attends the show with then wife, Lisa Marie Presley.
On February 23, 1995, "The National Association of Recording Merchandisers" (NARM) rewards him with the "Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award", the award recognizing efforts to advance social change. Harry Forster Chapin was an American singer-songwriter and dedicated humanitarian who fought to end world hunger. On that occasion, Jackson gives a special preview of some of the songs off of his forthcoming album, "HIStory".
On June 22, 1995, at the 3rd Annual VH-1 Awards ceremony, actor Morgan Freeman presents him with the "Special International Artist Award" for record sales and worldwide relief endeavors, at Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. "On behalf of VH-1, we would like to present this award to you for the work that you've done over the years for so many charities. And in addition, VH-1 is proud to - listen to this, now - VH-1 is proud to announce the creation of a special VH-1 International Artist Award for the King of Pop, which will be presented in future years to artists whom the worldwide charitable work follows in the footsteps of yourself. Congratulations!", Freeman's introductory words were. American R&B vocal group, Boyz II Men perform 2 of Jackson's hit world-conscious singles, "Heal The World" and "We Are The World", being joined on stage by the singer at the end of the latter to sing a few bars.
In 1995, Michael Jackson is inducted into the Hall Of Fame of BET’s (Black Entertainmnent Television) 10th Anniversary Show. BET is the most prominent television network targeting young Black-American audiences and is the leading provider of Black-American cultural and entertainment-based programming. The network was launched on January 25, 1980, by its founder, Robert L. Johnson.
On February 16, 1996, Irish singer, songwriter, author and political activist Bob Geldoff presents Michael Jackson with a special Artist of a Generation Award at the 16th edition of BRIT Awards, for which he reads the following introductory speech: "Any words one speaks or writes are sort of reduntant in the face of what we've just seen and heard. He is probably the most famous person in the planet, God help him. He has also sold more records than anybody in the planet. And he has also written, recorded and performed some of the most glorious music in the pop canon. So, along with all the goff written about him, it is probably one such justification that he's continually referred to as the King of Pop. [...] They came up with the Artist of a Generation [award to give to him]. But Michael Jackson has been making music literally since he was baby. So, what generation? At least three had been listening to him already. And who will they give it to next year? Or is it the award in itself a one-off like the man himself? Because childhood prodigy to adult genius, when Michael Jackson sings, it is with the voice of angels, and when his feet move, you can see God dancing. So, tonight, the BRITs Artist of a Generation is: Michael Jackson."
A 1996 issue of "BRAVO" magazine offers Jackson the "Nicest Singer" award.
On March 30, 1996, at the 10th Genesis Awards, "The Ark Trust Foundation" (which draw spublic attention on animal issues) acknowledges the singer’s "Earth Song" anthem and videoclip with the "Doris Day Award", for its vivid illustration of global deterioration and aftermath affecting people, animals and the ecology.
In 1996, the entertainer is honored with the French Film Award for Best Video - "Earth Song" at the Le Film Fantastique Awards.
In November 1996, on his music tour in Australia he receives a cheque for his ‘Heal The World Foundation’.
On October 11, 1997, Michael Jackson is made honorary member of a tribe in Phokeng, South Africa. His parents, Joseph and Katherine, as well as former wife, Lisa Marie Presley, attend the event.
On March 11, 1998, it is announced that Michael Jackson has been nominated for the 1998 Nobel Peace Prize - alongside 130 other canditates, such as Pope John Paul II and then US President, Bill Clinton. The recognition is later awarded to John Hume and David Trimble in October, 1998, for their efforts to find peaceful solutions to the conflicts in Northern Ireland.
On November 16, 1998, in Harare, Zimbabwe, Defence Minister of Harare invites and names Michael Jackson member of the "American Delegation" party that endeavors to preserve the region.
On June 25 and 27, 1999, Michael Jackson performs at the “Michael Jackson & Friends – The Power of Humanity” two sell-out stadiums spellbound, to a audience capacity of 45,000 in Seoul, Korea and 60,000 in Munich, Germany, making it ‘The Charity Concert Event of the Year 1999’.
On September 4, 1999, the Lifetime Achievement Award - presented "not only to musicians, but to anyone who is doing a great deed for the humankind" - is handed over to Michael Jackson by Namibian Premier Hage Geingob, at the fourth Kora All-Africa Music Awards in Sun City, South Africa.
A 1999 issue of "Ebony" magazine lists Michael Jackson as one of the 100 most important people of the 20th century.
The New Millennium:
On May 18, at the 2000 World Music Awards in Monaco, Monte Carlo, Michael Jackson receives the “Male Artist Of The Millenium” award for the best-selling recording artist of all time in the male category. He is being introduced by Prince Albert of Monaco, who makes a summary of his life and career achievements: “I am very pleased to present the 2000 Millenium Award to an artist whose music, generosity and unmatched showmanship has lent color and brightness to the 20th century. A thousand years from now when the history of popular music is examined no single performer will be as remembered and as celebrated as Michael Jackson. It's rare for a child performer to be successful in his adult career and than still that career to take off into the stratosphere as Michael's did. And at the close of the century he has sold more records around the world than any single artist in the history of the medium. [...] His influential song, 'We Are The World' and his international 'Heal The World Foundation' are just two of his many charitable efforts that have raised millions of $ for hundreds of important causes. Simply put Michael Jackson's influence on entertainment, on charity and in fact on our entire culture is absolutely immeassurable. As we enter the 21st century we can look forward to even more outstanding achievements in music and feature films from this incredibly talented artist. It's been a privilege to witness Michael's dazzling journey over the years which has transformed him from a singer to a superstar and from a charming little boy to a dignified man. It's an honor and privilege to present the 2000 Millenium Award to Michael Jackson”, Prince Albert's speech reads, then hands over the award to Jackson.
On November 30, 2000, G&P Foundation "Angel Ball" recompenses the philantropist at the "Angel Ball Honors", alongside Bill Clinton and Jordan’s Queen Noor, with the "Angel of Hope Award" at the Marriot Marquis Hotel in New York City, for outstanding efforts to the fight against leukemia, lymphoma and other related cancers, that year’s event collecting 4 million dollars for the "G&P Cancer Foundation" in N.Y.
At the ‘MJ Day 10” fan event and auction charity from March 7, 2001 at Hammersmith Apollo Theatre in London, Britain, Michael Jackson is offered two “MJ Day 10” awards by the event's organizer, Adrian Grant, on behalf of fans worldwide: one is “a special brooch that was exclusively designed by Heidi Bens and Steve Reardon (sp), made out of pure gold and silver and diamonds, illustrating Michael’s love for entertainment and humanitarian efforts around the world.” The second award consists in a plaque “as a thank you from all of you here tonight.”
In May, 2002, he is honored with the first “Magical Life Award”, from the "Celebrate the Magic Foundation", for his efforts to make the world a better place, by supporting children and humanity.
On November 2, 2002, Jackson is presented with the 2002 "World Arts Award" in Vienna, Austria, for global peace and tolerance efforts. The award recognizes individuals for achievements in a variety of areas such as acting, arts, business, media, health etc. The singer accepts the award via a video message.
On June 11, 2003, the singer is honored in his hometown of Gary, Indiana with an award for "outstanding achievement and committment to humanitarianism", as well as with the Key to the City of Gary by the city's Mayor, and is presented by 2 selected admirers with 5 books filled with messages from his fans and a bouquet of roses, a single white rose in the middle representing the singer, along with the values of "truth, integrity, purity and strength", whereas the pink roses - "all of the fans and fan clubs that form MJ Unity".
On August 17, 2003, Michael Jackson is nominated for two awards at The Capital Gold Legends Awards, to be held at the Hilton Metropole hotel in London United Kingdom on September 26. He is one of the nominees for the 'Legendary Male' award and also the 'Legendary Album Award' for 'Thriller'. The awards, which will be an invitation-only event, will coincide with Capital Radio's 30th anniversary and will honor exceptional contributions to the music industry spanning the last four decades. Funds raised through the event will go to charity, in this case The NSPCC, which specializes in the prevention of cruelty to children and child protection.
On September 19, 2003, it is announced that Jackson has received the second Nobel Peace Prize nomination - among 165 other candidates, including the Salvation Army, United Nations, and Shirin Ebadi who, later, won the award for her efforts in democracy and human rights.
On October 25, 2003, Michael Jackson is awarded the Key to the City of Las Vegas, Nevada by then Mayor, Oscar Baylin Goodman at Art Of Music Store. Jackson is also there to promote song "What More Can I Give".
On November 15, 2003, Michael Jackson accepts, from Neverland Ranch, the "Power Of Oneness" Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the Annual Power Of Oneness Awards in Universal Studios, Hollywood, for his contributions to racial harmony, life-long commitment to singing, writing and speaking of the world's responsibility towards its children and the betterment of the planet. Oneness is a non-profit organization co-founded by American record producer, songwriter, musician and singer, K.C. Porter in 1999, with a mission of eliminating racism and promoting racial unity through the healing quality of music and the arts.
Michael Jackson is posthumously honored with the "2009 Save the World Award", in Austria in July, 2009, for his efforts to reach out to the less fortunate and give a voice to the vulnerable. Jermaine Jackson, his brother, who sang "Smile” in memory of his brother, accepts the posthumous prize on his behalf.
On October 28, 2009, at the 34th annual Awards Gala of T.J. Martell Foundation, held at the Hilton New York Hotel, Michael Jackson is posthumously honored the first-ever Legend Award, for being the single largest donor in the T.J. Martell Foundation’s 34-year history. The celebratory evening was of fund-raising, to support research for cures and treatments for leukemia, cancer and AIDS. The T.J. Martell Foundation was founded in 1975. T.J. Martell, son of music industry executive Tony Martell of Madison, was a young victim of leukemia, and before his death at 21, he convinced his father to promise he would raise $1 million to fight the disease. Since then, the foundation in T.J. Martell’s name has provided more than $225 million for research.
On November 24, 2009, in Crenshaw, California, Jermaine Jackson, Louis Gossett, Jr., and numerous VIP cast members from Michael Jackson’s This Is It show, including Michael Bearden, Jonathan Moffett, Tommy Organ, Ken Stacey and Judith Hill attended the Michael Jackson Tribute Portrait event, the largest Michael Jackson homage, created and organized by Jerry Biederman and David Ilan, in association with Maryum "May May" Ali and the organization, FAMILI, Inc. (a non-profit after school enrichment/mentoring program). The portrait is supported by Jermaine Jackson, artists, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, George Lopez, Adam Lambert, Mickey Rooney, Vivica A. Fox, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and many others, and the list is growing, the portrait being created by only dots, each dot representing a real admirer. Sixty children from inner city schools walked the red carpet with Jermaine Jackson and VIP cast members from This Is It, and watched a special screening of the film at the Magic Johnson Theatre for Michael Jackson, for the charity event in celebration of the tribute portrait.
On January 15, 2009, Michael Jackson is posthumously honored with the Semperorer Award for his contributions to the international pop-culture and global charity work, at an opera gala in Dresden, Germany. Jackson’s elder sister, La Toya, a guest of honor at the ball, accepted the honor on her brother's behalf.
On January 23, 2010, on occasion of UNCF’s “An Evening Of Stars Tribute To Lionel Richie”, Michael Jackson is honored in a special segment with an emotional performance of “We Are The World”, the biggest selling single of all time, penned by Jackson and singer Lionel Richie 25 years ago. The late entertainer was recognized by UNCF for his long-time generosity and foresight. Over two decades ago, he endowed the fund with a scholarship in his name that continues providing aid to students. “You see, during the 2 years after “We Are The World” was released, Michael Jackson donated 2.1 million dollars to UNCF, to endow a renewable scholarship fund”, actor Terrence Howard told the audience.
On occasion of the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California on January 31, 2010, the Recording Academy honors the late Michael Jackson with a tribute during the Grammy telecast. It featured a 3D mini movie that was designed for his This is It tour of his social conscious song, Earth Song, and seen for the first time at the telecast. The singer’s children, Michael Jackson Jr. (Prince), 12, and Paris Jackson, 11, receive the Michael Jackson Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of their father.
On March 7, 2010, brother of Michael Jackson, Randy, accepts the ‘Angel Award’ presented to him on behalf of the entertainer at the 11th Annual Children Uniting Nations Oscar Celebration, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. Sister Maureen 'Rebbie' Jackson also participated at the event.
* Between October-December, 2009, a donation campaign has been conducted for the creation of a living monument for the entertainer – a memorial forest, located in North-West Turkey, and established by partners, MJTurkFan - the first and biggest Michael Jackson fan club in Turkey, and TEMA - the Turkish Foundation for Combating Soil Erosion. The forest’s logo, positioned in front of young saplings, “proclaims a cause to acquire a monumental status of Michael Jackson’s memorial”, in light of his lifetime ‘healing the world’ ideal. In April of 2010, the “Michael Jackson Memorial Forest” consists of 2371 saplings that will grow over the years. A similar fan tribute, titled A Million Trees For Michael on Facebook, is a project where, for the price of $ 1, one tree will be planted in Jackson's honor; the non-profit company, American Forests (www.AmericanForests.org) supports this project, which has the goal to have millions of trees planted and also shares the enlarged vision to one day have a 'Michael Jackson Memorial Forest' on each continent.
* Other fan tribute endeavors include Heal The World For Children (www.healtheworldforchildren.org), a charitable organization and website inspired by the late singer, with the mission to “bring joy, fun and laughter into the lives of sick and underprivileged children”, thus carrying on Jackson’s humanitarian legacy. The organization’s upcoming project in April revolves around the HTWFC volunteers planting trees with children from inner city schools, for example, in his honor, in five different cities: London, Great Britain, Mexico City, Mexico, New York City, USA, Los Angeles, California (USA) and Galati (Romania). Heal The World For Children was also involved in organizing hospital visits and children’s festivals, where donations were made and special attention was given to disadvantaged children. MJ Tribute Book (http://official-mj-tribute-book.socialgo.com) is another website designed in the singer's honor, with the purpose of uniting Michael Jackson supporters and continuing his legacy of lifelong abnegation towards improving the planet. Author Shawn Henning, owner of this website, is making a variety of tributes for Jackson, including tribute books, a fans DVD and a magazine in partnership with Make A Better World Foundation, an ONG supported by this website. (* from Angelina, moderator and representative for Shawn Henning, the author for "Michael Jackson, The Book The Media Doesn't Want You To Read").
* Other such efforts, dedicated to disseminating Michael Jackson's core values and promoting the truth about his highly publicized life are: www.reflectionsofthedance.com, www.mjfriendship.com, http://familiamjcuritiba.forumeiros.com, MJJC Legacy Project - a branch of MJJ Community (www.mjjcommunity.com), or the fan-written book "It's All About L.O.V.E", which speaks of Michael Jackson's relationship to his fans and contains fan stories on their meetings with the star, all meant to counter the media's sensationalized and often erroneous recountings. Speechless - A Tribute To Michael Jackson (www.speechlessmjtribute.com) is a tribute website by journalist and producer of "Michael Jackson: A Visual Documentary" and THRILLER - LIVE, a high octane show (and website) celebrating the music career of Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5. Speechless - A Tribute To Michael Jackson is raising funds for War Child (www.warchild.org.uk), a charity dedicated to children plagued by the effects of war. Etc. .
First and second grade students at R.D. White Elementary School perform in tribute to singer Michael Jackson on June 14, 2010, two weeks before the first anniversary of the pop icon's death, serenading hundreds of fellow classmates with two Michael Jackson tunes in tribute to his life: “Heal the World” and “I'll Be There” while using hand gestures to illustrate the songs. “He was one of my favorite singers, and I love watching his good moves,” says student Demitri Bedoian. “He inspired so many different artists.” Demitri, a fourth-grader, performed in this year's school talent show as Jackson. The student performers practiced their morning routine for a month before the showcase, first-grade teacher Scarlet Vartanian says. “We talked about the importance of Michael Jackson's message for the world: love,” she says. “We also talked about how he worked very hard to make the world a better place by his songs and all his humanitarian actions during his life.” “Heal the World” and “I'll Be There” were selected for the performance, Vartanian adds, because the lyrics best illustrated Jackson's message. “We wanted them to sing those two songs because it was about making the world a better place, and the second was about love and compassion”. Students also sing a song about self-discipline, which was a character and ethics word that they learned this month, Vartanian says. Mozammel Haque's daughter, Marjina Haque, was excited about getting the chance to participate in a class performance honoring the late King of Pop, he says. “I think it's a very good way to pay tribute to an American hero,” he adds.
On June 26, 2010, a red-carpet fundraising event, Forever Michael, takes place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, California, organized by The Jackson Family Foundation in partnership with VoicePlate Productions. Among the guests of the event are actors and friends, Eddie Griffin, Flex Alexander, Mickey Rooney, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, and Tisha Campbell Martin. The event honors the first anniversary of the passing of Michael Jackson. “This red-carpet event will be dedicated to the humanitarian efforts of Michael Jackson, the greatest entertainer of all time,” according to a statement on VoicePlate's website. “We have all shared in Michael's message, and now we encourage all of you, the world, over to join us in continuing to spotlight Michael's endeavors by making a conscious effort to help save our planet,” the statement continues. The event also serves as the premiere release of Katherine Jackson's book, “Never Can Say Goodbye,” the statement says. Among those performing at the event are Tito Jackson, The Chi Lites and Genevieve Jackson, the daughter of Michael's brother, Randy, who sings "Human Nature" and "Heal The World". “Michael's love for mankind is not only found in his music but also in his (charitable) contributions,” Jackson Family Foundation president Simon Sahouri writes in a letter posted on VoicePlate's website. According to VoicePlate, a portion of the proceeds from the event will be presented to some of Jackson's favorite charities.
In mid October, 2010, it is revealed that Michael Jackson is the most beloved musician of the 20th century, according to a poll run by the scientific Italian Magazine "Focus Storia". Second and Third place on the podium appertain to The Queen and The Beatles. Jackson has been chosen by 25% of the participants, In the Top Ten Chart there are also the likes of The Beatles, Pink Floid, U2, and Bob Dylan. Another poll, conducted by social network MySpace, crowns Michael Jackson again as the ‘Best Artist of All Time’, followed by singer Pink, Madonna and Lady Gaga.