At the taping of "American Bandstand's 50th Anniversary Celebration" on May 3.
One of the biggest and successful musician in world’s history, Michael Jackson
(1958-2009) gave us evergreen songs like “Thriller,” “Beat It,” Black or White, “Billie Jean” and many more. The “King of Pop” was also trademarked for his signature dance move – the moonwalk.
Micheal’s booming career was tagged with a slew of accolades, and amongst them are 18 MTV VMAs, 26 American Music Awards, and 13 Grammys.
Check out 34 indelible photos from the life of Michael Jackson.
1965 Jackson (front, C) and his older brothers, (L-R, clockwise) Tito, Jackie, Jermaine and Marlon, pose for a portrait in Chicago, Illinois, the U.S. He made his professional debut in 1964 with the Jackson 5, a music band comprising the brothers.
1970 The Jackson 5 pose for a portrait with commemorative copies of their “Third Album” to mark a sales milestone.
1971 Playing the piano during concert rehearsals at Modern Musical Services in Los Angeles. Jackson embarked on his solo career the same year.
1971 Outside ABC Studios in Burbank, California, U.S., on July 9.
1971 The Jackson 5 in their own TV special on Sept. 19.
1972 With younger sister Janet Jackson at their home in Los Angeles on Dec. 18
1976 With boxer Muhammad Ali (R, 1942-2016) and Veronica Porché Ali at the RFK Pro-Celebrity Tennis Tournament Party, in New York City, New York, U.S., on Aug. 27.
1978 With his brothers, after being signed to Epic Records in Los Angeles on Aug. 16.
1980 With singer Lionel Richie in Los Angeles. They co-wrote the charity single “We Are the World” in 1985 to raise funds for victims of the Ethiopian famine.
1981 With actress Brooke Shields at the 53rd Academy Awards in Los Angeles on March 31.
1983 Presented with the first Triple Platinum Award by Jane Fonda for his album “Thriller.”
1983 With singer Paul McCartney and his then-wife Linda (1941-98), at the BRIT Awards in London, England, on Feb. 16.
1984 With record producer Quincy Jones at the 26th Annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 28. “Thriller” swept the ceremony, winning a record eight awards in one night.
1984 With then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan (1911-2004) and First Lady Nancy Reagan (1921-2016) at the White House in Washington, D.C., U.S., on May 4.
1986 With actress Elizabeth Taylor (1932-2011) at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 27.
1987 With his pet boa constrictor on Sept. 15
1988 With singer Whitney Houston (1963-2012) during the United Negro College Fund dinner in New York City on March 10. He was presented an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Fisk University.
1988 With Diana, Princess of Wales, (1961-1997), at his concert for the Prince’s Trust in London on July 1.
1991 With singer Madonna at the 63rd Academy Awards after-party in Los Angeles on March 25.
1992 Performing at the Dangerous World Tour in Paris, France, on Sept. 14.
1993 The “King of Pop” with Janet Jackson at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Feb. 26. He was presented with the Grammy Legend Award.
1995 During his performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York City on Sept. 7.
1996 During the filming of his music video “They Don’t Care About Us” in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Feb. 12.
1996 During the HIStory World Tour in Mumbai, India, on Nov. 1. It was his third and final global solo tour.
1996 During the HIStory World Tour in Auckland, New Zealand, on Nov. 10.
1997 The Jacksons, with the Bee Gees, at the 12th Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on May 9.
1999 With the late South African President Nelson Mandela (1918-2013), after the pop icon was given a lifetime achievement award during the KORA All Africa Music Awards in Sun City, South Africa, on Sept. 4.
2001 With *NSYNC at the 16th annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on March 19. It was Jackson’s second induction — as a solo artist this time.
2001 With singer Britney Spears during his 30th-anniversary celebration concert in New York City on Sept. 7.
2001 With long-time friend Macaulay Culkin at the celebration on Sept. 7. Culkin is the godfather of Jackson’s daughter Paris.
2002 Performing at the A Night at the Apollo benefit concert in New York City on April 24.
2002 At the taping of “American Bandstand’s 50th Anniversary Celebration” on May 3.
2006 After winning the Diamond Award at the World Music Awards in London on Nov. 15.
2009 At a press conference in London on March 5, to announce a series of comeback concerts titled This Is It. It was one of his last public appearances. He died on June 25 the same year.