The Kids Award is a special category, that acknowledges a celebrity, who has devoted time to work with young people, to enhance their lives.
One hundred thousand children between the ages of eight and eighteen, gave Michael their vote of confidence. The Children’s Choice Awards are sponsored by Body Sculpt, a non-profit drug prevention programe for youth (a charity teaching physical education to youngsters to keep them from drugs). An estimated 75,000 people aged between 8 and 18 years old (over 75 percent) voting for him. 'Body Sculpt' votes Jackson as their favorite role model. The 'Caring For Kids' award honors celebrities devoting time to the youth.
Michael attends the 2nd Annual Children’s Choice Awards held at City Center in New York to accept a “Caring For Kids’ award.
Hundreds of children chanted “Michael! Michael!’ as Jackson, flanked by 30 youngsters, received the award.
On receiving award a vulnerable-looking Michael Jackson graciously says: “I’m flattered and most appreciative that 75 thousand children from New Jersey, New York and Connecticut - I love you too.. - (inaudible) with the Choice Award, and my sincere thanks to ‘Children’s Choice’ and ‘Body Sculpt’, I love you.”
Michael Jackson: A Visual Documentary the Official Tribute Edition By Adrian Grant
Jet, May 16, 1994
Michael Jackson Children's Kids Choice Awards 1994
Best Song from a Movie - Michael Jackson — "Will You Be There" (from Free Willy)
June 4, 1994
The third annual MTV Movie Awards hosted by rapper and actor Will Smith.
Third annual MTV Movie Awards broadcast in which feature film awards are presented in offbeat categories as a result of MTV viewer voting.
Nothing will interest you more than knowing that the illustrious honor of Best Song From A Movie went to Michael Jackson for "Will You Be There," as featured in Free Willy . Now THAT'S poetic justice. http://www.mtv.com/ontv/movieawards/1994/
Free Willy is a 1993 American family film directed by Simon Wincer, and released by Warner Bros. under its Family Entertainment label. The film stars Jason James Richter as a young boy who befriends a killer whale, named "Willy."
Followed by two sequels, a third non-consecutive sequel, Free Willy: Escape from Pirate's Cove (released in 2010), and a short-lived animated television series, Free Willy was a financial success, eventually making a star out of its protagonist Keiko. The film's famous climax has been spoofed several times in popular culture.
Michael Jackson produced and performed "Will You Be There", the theme for the film, which can be heard during the film's credits. The song won the MTV Movie Award for "Best Song in a Movie" in 1994. It was also included in the album All Time Greatest Movie Songs, released by Sony in 1999. Jackson also performed songs for the film's first sequel.
Directed by Simon Wincer
Produced by Lauren Shuler Donner, Jennie Lew Tugend, Richard Donner (executive producer), Arnon Milchan
Written by Keith A. Walker, Corey Blechman Charles L Frankenstein
Music by Basil Poledouris
Theme: Michael Jackson
Release date(s) July 16, 1993
The film begins with a pod of orcas swimming near the coastline of the Pacific Northwest. The pod is tracked down by a large group of whalers, and a single orca (Keiko the Orca) gets caught in their net. Despite their best efforts to save him, his family leaves him behind, and he is taken away to a local amusement park.
Sometime later in Washington, Jesse (Jason James Richter), a young 12-year-old boy who has been on the streets since he was abandoned by his mother six years before, gets caught by the police for stealing food and vandalizing a theme park, along with a group member of three other abandoned children. However, his social worker Dwight helps him avoid legal consequences by placing him in a foster home and provided he cleans up the mess at the park. While there, Jesse befriends Willy, the orca that was caught earlier and has a collapsed dorsal fin. He is amazed by Willy who obeys his commands, something the trainer, Rae Lindley (Lori Petty), had failed to do. Over time, Jesse and Willy become the best of friends, and Jesse earns a long-term job at the marina while learning to live with his new and supportive foster parents, Glen (Michael Madsen) and Annie Greenwood (Jayne Atkinson).
The owner of the amusement park, Dial (Michael Ironside) sees the talent Jesse and Willy have together, and makes large plans to host "The Willy Show" in hopes of boosting sales and making money for himself. On the day of the first performance, everyone is set to begin, but Willy comes down with stage fright due to the children banging constantly on his underwater observation area. Willy scares them off by smashing against the tank, unintentionally damaging it. Jesse is devastated, and plans to run away feeling everyone has let him down. Later, while at the tank, Jesse notices Willy's family calling to him and Dial's assistant Wade (Richard Riehle) and other men sneaking into the underwater observation area and damage the tank enough that the water will gradually leak out in an effort to kill Willy. It is surmised that Dial is interested in collecting the insurance money, since he has a $1,000,000 life insurance plan on Willy.
Thus, Jesse, Haida native Randolph Johnson (August Schellenberg) and Rae begin plans to release the orca. They use equipment at the park to load Willy onto a trailer, and Jesse and Randolph "borrow" Glen's truck to tow Willy to the ocean. They try to stick to back roads to keep from being spotted with a gigantic orca, and eventually get stuck. Wade meanwhile notifies Dial that the orca is missing, and begin a search to find Willy.
Jesse must admit that he needs help, and calls his foster parents using a CB-Radio located in the truck they took. Annie and Glen show up and are able to help free the truck, and continue on to the marina they are headed to, in order to release Willy. Dial knows where they are likely headed, and when they show up, he, Wade and his henchmen are blocking the gate into the marina. Glen charges at them full speed in the truck, forcing the henchmen to move right before the truck plows through the gate to the marina. Glen quickly turns the truck around and backs Willy into the water, flooding his truck in the process.
Willy is finally released into the water, but Dial and his goons attempt to stop them. During the struggle, Jesse is able to get Willy to swim away, but panics when he sees that Dial has the whaling company to back him up when their boats show up in the water. They release nets and Jesse has one last chance to get Willy away before he becomes trapped. He runs towards a wall of rocks, calling for Willy to follow him, which steers him away from the boats. Jesse goes to the edge of the rocks where Willy swims up to him and tells Willy that if he makes the jump (it will be the highest jump Willy has ever attempted), he'll be free. Jesse then starts to cry as he tells Willy goodbye, but pulls himself together and goes back to the top of the rocks. He says a prayer that Randolph taught him from a story from his tribe and throws his arm in the air, giving Willy the signal to jump. To the amazement of everyone, Willy makes the jump with no problem and is finally free to return to his family and escapes the boats. Everyone cheers, Willy leaps out of the water in celebration, and Jesse happily jumps up and down, but stops when he realizes that he'll probably never see Willy again. He goes back to Glen and Annie who hug him as they look out into the sea.
The movie ends with Willy who has found his family and the entire pod swims and jumps through the ocean.
The aquatic star of this film was an orca named Keiko. The huge national and international success of this film inspired a letter writing campaign to get Keiko released from his captivity as an attraction in the amusement park Reino Aventura in Mexico City; this movement was called "Free Keiko". Keiko was famously moved to a bigger pool in Oregon by flying in a specially modified United States Air Force C-17 freight aircraft. In Oregon it was discovered that the combination of the chlorination and the excessively warm temperature of the water was causing skin lesions. Then Keiko was moved to Iceland to learn to be wild and after that to Norway where there were other orcas. Keiko eventually died of pneumonia in a Norwegian bay on December 12, 2003. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Free_Willy
Micheal Jackson - Free Willy (will you be there) video from movie
"Will You Be There"
(Theme from "Free Willy") Written and Produced by Michael Jackson Co-Produced by Bruce Swedien Performed by Michael Jackson
Courtesy of Epic Records
The soundtrack for the film, the first release on Michael's MJJ Records label, featured "Will You Be There" as the movie's theme song. Also included on the soundtrack was "Right Here" by SW (Sisters With Voices), that included a sampling of Michael's "Human Nature". T3, made up of Taj, Taryll, and Tito Jackson Jr., contributed "Didn't Mean To Hurt You" to Uncle Mike's first release on his record label. The Free Willy soundtrack album peaked at number forty seven on Billboard's pop album chart, and at number forty nine on the R&B album chart.
The lyrics to "Will You Be There", Michael's contribution to the soundtrack, would become more poignant in just a few weeks:
In our darkest hour
In my deepest despair
Will you still care?
Will you be there?
The video for Michael's latest single combines footage of whales swimming and frolicking freely in the ocean with Michael's performance of the song in concert Smooth and graceful choreography showcase his performance, complete with an angel descending and wrapping her wings around him.
Sourсe: Michael Jackson : The King of Pop's DARKEST HOUR by LISA D. CAMPBELL
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The 1994 MTV Video Music Awards aired live on September 8, 1994, honoring the best music videos from June 16, 1993, to June 15, 1994.
The show was hosted by Roseanne Barr at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and this would be the last time there was a female host for the VMAs until Chelsea Handler hosted in 2010. Kurt Cobain, frontman of grunge band Nirvana, was honored this night after his death on April 5.
Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley opened the show by Michael giving a speech.
Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley attended what was their first public engagement together.
'I’m very happy to be here,’ said Michael, after welcoming everyone to the show. ‘And just think, nobody thought this would last!’ Referring, of course, to his marriage.
Their 120 second appearance stole everyone else the show when Michael, surprising everyone, swept Lisa Marie into his arms, and tenderly kissed her in public for the very first time. The long, sensual kiss drew gasps and whistles from the audience.
The next day, it's THE event in the media all over the world. Some refered to it as "The Kiss of the Century", others compared the kiss to the famous kissing-scene in "Gone With The Wind" between Scarlett O'Hara and Rett Buttler.
Smash Hits was a pop music magazine, aimed at teenagers and young adults and originally published in the United Kingdom by EMAP. It ran from 1978 to 2006 and was issued fortnightly for most of that time. The name survives as a brand for a related spin-off digital television channel, digital radio station, and website which have survived the demise of the printed magazine.
Smash Hits was founded in 1978 by Nick Logan, who had previously edited the New Musical Express during one of its most creative periods and went on to create '80s fashion bible The Face.
After releasing a test issue in September 1978, with Plastic Bertrand on the front and a centre spread of Sham 69, the first issue was published in November 1978 and featured Blondie on the cover. The publication was initially monthly but switched to fortnightly after only three issues, which it remained until its demise. The backbone of the magazine in its early years, and one of its major early selling points, was the publication of Top 20 song lyrics.
The magazine was at its peak in the 1980s, launching the career of many journalists including Heat's editor Mark Frith. ...
In the 1990s the magazine's circulation slumped and it was overtaken by the BBC's spin off magazine Top Of The Pops. Emap's other biweekly teen magazine of the period Big! (which featured more celebrities and stars of TV programmes like Home And Away and Beverly Hills, 90210) was closed and this celeb focus was shifted over to Smash Hits, which became less focused on Teenpop and more of an Entertainment magazine. The magazine also shifted size a number of times in subsequent relaunches including one format that was as big as an album with songwords to be clipped out on the card cover. Television presenter and journalist Kate Thornton was editor for a short time.
The magazine was also available in Continental Europe, especially in Germany where the issues could be bought at train stations or airports, whilst the title was licensed for a French version in the 90s. There were other licensed versions in the magazine's history. In 1984 an Australian version was created and proved just as successful for that new market as the original had back in Britain, whilst in the US, a version was published during the Eighties under the title Star Hits, drawing articles from the British version.
It was published by Emap, who also use the name for one of their digital television services, and for a digital radio station. The brand also covered the annual Smash Hits Poll Winners Party, an awards ceremony voted for by readers of the magazine.
In February 2006, it was announced that the magazine would cease publication after the 13 February edition due to declining sales. The digital television, digital radio, and website services will continue.
In July 2009 a one-off commemorative issue of the magazine was published as a tribute to singer Michael Jackson. Further one-off specials were released in November 2009 (Take That) and December 2010 (Lady Gaga) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smash_Hits
The Smash Hits Poll Winners Party was an awards ceremony which ran from 1988 to 2005. Each award winner was voted by readers of the Smash Hits magazine. It ended with the closure of the magazine in February 2006.
The event was initially produced by concert promoter, Harvey Goldsmith and Janet Street-Porter. Steps manager Tim Byrne, also worked on the show. Bryne now works alongside Simon Cowell.
The awards ceremony was shown on BBC1 from 1988 to 2000 then later on Channel 4 from 2001 to 2005. During 2004 and 2005 it was renamed to T4 Smash Hits Poll Winners Party.
The award itself was seen as a gimmicky object by many outside the magazines readership, including winners such as rock bands (who only were eligible to win "Best Rock"). It was an oversized fake gold disc bearing the magazine's logo, turned slightly by 45 degrees to the left placed in a black stand.
The ceremony was publicised by Anita Strymowicz for several years. The Smash Hits Poll Winners Party Party, a post-show bash gained almost as much coverage as the event itself with most of the artists and bands attending. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smash_H..._Winners_Party.
NARM [National Association of Recording Merchandisers]
Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award:
Best Male Vocalist Of The Year
The National Association of Recording Merchandisers ("NARM") is a United States not-for-profit trade association based in Marlton, New Jersey that serves music retailing businesses in lobbying and trade promotion. Established in 1958, the Association's membership includes music and other entertainment retailers, wholesalers, distributors, record labels, multimedia suppliers, and suppliers of related products and services, as well as individual professionals and educators in the music business field.
According to its Mission Statement, NARM "serves the music and other entertainment software industry as the pre-eminent forum for insight and dialog in an increasingly diverse and rapidly evolving industry".
NARM retail members operate 7,000 storefronts that account for almost 85% of the music sold in the $12 billion U.S. music market.
NARM rewards Michael with the "Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award", at the 37th annual NARM Convention in San Diego, Ca.
The award recognizing efforts to advance social change. The award is not given out every year. This is one of five humanitarian awards issued in honor of Harry Chapin.
Harry Forster Chapin (December 7, 1942 - July 16, 1981) was a American folk singer, playwright, known for his story songs. Later in his life he focused his energy on the philanthropic efforts with a special focus on world hunger with creation of World Hunger Year. He also performed benefit concerts for hundreds of other organizations during his career. Toward the end of his career, half his concerts were benefits.
On that occasion, Michael gives a special preview of several new songs off of his forthcoming album, "HIStory".
"Michaeel Jackson The Power of Music Is The Power Of the Soul. VH1 Honors The Musician Who Goes Beyond Sharing The Soul and Shdres time, Fnergy, and Resources To Help Others.
June 22nd 1995."
VH1 or Vh1 (known as VH-1: Video Hits One from 1985 to 1994) is an American cable television network based in New York City. Launched on Tuesday January 1, 1985 in the old space of Turner Broadcasting's short-lived Cable Music Channel, the original purpose of the channel was to build on the success of MTV by playing music videos, but targeting a slightly older demographic than its sister channel, focusing on the lighter, softer side of popular music. The channel was originally created by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment, at the time a division of Warner Communications and owner of MTV. Both VH1 and its sister channel MTV are currently part of the MTV Networks division of corporate parent Viacom. While VH1 still occasionally plays music videos and the Top 20 Video Countdown, its more recent claim to fame has been in the area of music-related reality programming, such as Behind the Music, the I Love the... series, the Celebreality block of programming, and the channel's overall focus on popular culture. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VH1
Every year, The American cable TV station VH1, which broadcasts music videos 24 hours a day, organizes a gala event in honor of the show-biz personalities who regularly contribute to charity.
This year Michael was quest of honor for his work with Heat The World.
The actor Morgan Freeman, who presided over the ceremonies, spoke of the many causes that Heat the World has sponsored since its creation.
The group “Boys it Men” then came on stage to interpret Heal The World: and right smack in the middle of they performance. Michael appeared in a cloud of smoke from beneath the stage. He sand for a white with Boys it Men, as the audience gave him a standing ovation. He then went up to the podium, where Morgan Freedman handed him his awards, trophy that will henceforth be called the “Michael Jackson Special Award”, and will be awarded to artists who follow the example set by the King of Pop in working for humanitarian causes “Thanks Morgan”.
Michael said in his soft voice, audibly moved, as he received the trophy. “Thanks you VH1, thanks you for this honor. Thanks you all my friends and fans for your love and support. You've given me some much, it allowed me to take some of that love and pass it on to those people whose problems in this world need and deserve out help. A perfect example is the recent UN announcement that : to 3 million lives could be saved if Third World children were given a vitamin A pill there times a year. Cost per child is just six cents, that's all. So we must join together in healing the world so we can share this beautiful planet in joy and love. I love you very much”.
History Magazine,№2, 1995
Michael Jackson's Acceptance Speech 1995
Michael Jackson with Boys II Men - Heal The World & We Are The World
An MTV Video Music Award (commonly abbreviated as a VMA), is an award presented by the cable channel MTV to honor the best in music videos. Originally conceived as an alternative to the Grammy Awards (in the video category), the annual MTV Video Music Awards ceremony has often been called the "Oscars for youth", an acknowledgment of the VMA ceremony's ability to draw millions of youth from teens to 20-somethings each year. By 2001, the VMA had become a coveted award. The statue given to winners is an astronaut on the moon, one of the earliest representations of MTV.
The annual VMA ceremony is usually held in mid-September, and broadcast live on MTV. The first VMA ceremony was held in 1984 at New York City's Radio City Music Hall. Other VMAs have been held in Los Angeles, Miami, and Las Vegas.
Megastar Michael Jackson opened the recent 12th annual MTV video Music Awards with a bang, boom and three costume changes. One critic raved that "apparently the M in MTV stands for Michael".
The audience cheered wildly as the King of Pop performed a 15-minute medley of his greatest hits including Billie Jean, Scream, Dangerous, and his current smash, You Are Not Alone.
He was joined onstage by a children's choir, a troupe of dancers and guitarist Slash at different times during the opening number.
Before he launched into an exhilarant performance of Dangerous, Michael said: "Some of us like to play it safe and take each day as it comes. Some of us like to take that crazy walk on the wild side . . . so, for those of us who like living dangerously - this one’s for you!" "Thank you", he told the crowd, which gave him a standing ovation. "Listen, I love you." Jackson's wife Lisa Marie Presley-Jackson and his sister, superstar Janet Jackson led the applause at the sold-out Radio City Music Hall.
As a finale, Michael sang You Are Not Alone. Michael's performance and the standing ovation he received proved unquestionably his continued popularity with the public in general, and his ability to excite and satisfy a live audience. Michael Jackson featured a new look for this public appearance.
Then, rather disappointingly, as the show progressed the innovative Scream promo picked up just three awards: Best Dance Video, Best Choreography (Michael, Lavelle Smith, Travis Payne, Tina Landon and Sean Cheeseman) and Best Art Direction (Tom Foden).
Michael and Janet collected the first of these awards personally and, in his brief acceptance speech, Michael said, "My favorite thing about doing the Scream video was that it was really an excuse to work with my sister, Janet, because I truly adore her. She’s one of the sweetest people in the world."
Janet caused a stir by wearing a T-shirt with "PERVERT 2" embroidered on it, her way of showing her support for Michael. "I had it made especially," she told reporters. "People can draw their own conclusions."
Which is precisely what many people did - wrongly!
Michael Jackson MTV Video Music Awards 1995 Performance
BET Walk Of Fame Award
First ever recipient of the BET Walk Of Fame Award
The BET Awards show celebrates the achievements of African Americans and other minorities within the entertainment industry. Categories such as music, athletics, acting, and others are awarded.
Michael was in Washington DC, to join the 15th Anniversary celebrations of Black Entertainment Television.
As well as singing You Are Not Alone with the Union Temple Baptist Choir, he became the first inductee in BET’s newly founded Walk Of Fame - created to recognize contributions to the music industry by African American artists.
Robert L. Johnson, BET’s president, presented a special plaque to Michael, who said he was ‘really proud’ and that it was ‘a great honour’. The BET show was screened, on American cable television, on 6th December 1995.
Michael Jackson receives the Diamond of Africa award from Ghana’s President, Jerry Rawlings during a dinner at the Hotel Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.
The evening's highlight was the appearance of pop legend Michael Jackson who postponed a trip to Europe to make certain he was at the event. "I'm supposed to be in Germany, but I postponed it to be here," Michael told the President and First Lady. "I was advised of your presence and I found out about your mission to rebuild Africa. I couldn't resist. I love Africa... You are not alone."
Michael present the first couple with two elegantly decorated swords on behalf of Saudi Arabian Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. According to the dinner's organizer, Dr. Khalid Abdullah Tariq AlMansour, the swords were designed "to cut out devision, insecurity, hypocrisy and negativism. Rise and Unite! Africa is back."
President Rawlings said of Michael to the sellout, black-tie crowd: "I never thought I'd have the honor and privilege of meeting the genius in person. To meet him on a day like this is an honor. What impressed me most is that he's a man of heart."
The President and first lady expressed their gratitude to Michael by presenting him with the elegant Diamond of Africa, To a Favorite Son of Africa Michael Jackson, offered by "That's What Friends Are For Committee". On accepting the honor, Michael acknowledges a few children that joined him on stage, among whom cancer-stricken ones. http://mjjtime.blogspot.com/search/l...&by-date=false
“London, February 19th, 1996: for the second time in less than six months, Michael Jackson is again in a European television studio to perform one of the songs from his last album. The Brit Awards - equivalent of the American Music Awards - receive the King of Pop this year. With all the greats of British pop music watching, Michael will sing “Earth Song” and later will be bestowed a special award created especially in his honor the ‘ Artist of a Generation’ award.”
The account of the 1996 Brit Awards could have sounded like that , summed up in a few innocuous lines. But unfortunately, Jarvis Cocker had to make a spectacle of himself and disrupt the show. Who is Jarvis Cocker? He’s the lead singer for the British pop group Pulp. Like everybody else, you’ve surely already heard about the incident that caused so much commotion at the year’s Brit Awards: Jarvis Cocker tried to interrupt Michael Jackson’s live performance. The affair was picked up by the press throughout the world. All kinds of things were reported. Today, History Magazine is going to objectively reveal the whole truth about this ridiculous, troubling incident, giving a chance for all sides to state their point of view.
London, February 19 th 1996: While Michael Jackson is performing “ Earth Song” for the audience present at the Brit Awards, Jarvis Cocker and Pete Mansell , members of the group Pulp, climb up onto the stage and try to interrupt the live performance. Precisely at this moment, Michael Jackson is at the other end of the stage, on a crane carrying him, suspended, over the crowd. He can’t even see the commotion going on at the other end of the stage. Jarvis Cocker, in the middle of a group of young extras, begins his own little act: he shows his behind to the audience and starts making obscene gestures. Pete Mansell decided to climb down off the stage without imitating him. A member of security, who’s also playing one of the extras, quickly intervenes. He grabs Cocker by the arm and tries to lead him backstage. Cocker resists and manages to make it back to the middle of the stage. But he doesn’t continue his little performance for long. This time, they come to get him and manage to eject him from the stage for good. Cocker then returns to his table in the audience, where he sits peacefully, watching the rest of the show, until the police show up to arrest him a little later in the evening. Why the police? Because Cocker is accused of having brutally knocked about three children is said to even have a cracked rib. No one knew it at the time, but Cocker is not directly responsible for the accusations against him. What actually happened is that at the moment when he was being removed from the stage, while he was resisting the security people, three children who happened to be in the way of the scuffle were lightly injured. While waiting to clarify exactly what happened, the police held Cocker in his dressing room, then hauled him off to the station. He was released at dawn the next day on bail.
In the hours immediately following the incident, everyone was wondering what exactly pushed Cocker to attempt to interrupt Michael Jackson’s performance. A communiqué was quickly released by a spokesman for the Brit Awards:“ We are extremely concemed that Jarvis Cocker’s actions resulted in injury to three children who were performing with Michael Jackson. Whilst the Brit Awards is an exuberant, high spirited occasion, it is totally unacceptable for any artist to disrupt another artist’s performance. To do so with such apparent disregard for the safety of the performers on stage, the production crew and the audience was dangerous and irresponsible.”
It wasn’t until the next day, through an open letter addressed to the media, that Jarvis Cocker explained his own point of view. “ My actions were a form of protest at the way Michael Jackson sees himself as some kind of Christ-like figure with the power of healing. The music industry allows him to indulge his fantasies because of his wealth and power. People go along with it even though they know it’s a bit sick. I just couldn’t go along with it any more. It was a spur-of-the-moment decision brought on by boredom and frustration. I just ran on the stage and showed off. I didn’t make any physical contact with anyone as far as I can recall. I certainly didn’t push anybody off stage. I find it very insulting to be accussed of assaulting children. All I was trying to do was to make a point and do something that lots of other people would have loved to have done if only they’d dared.”
Jarvis Cocker’s communiqué was followed by Sony Music’s : “Michael Jackson respects Pulp as artists but is totally shocked by their behavior and utterly fails to understand their complete lack of respect for fellow artists and performers. His main concern is for the people that worked for him and the fact that children should be attacked. He feels sickened, saddened, shocked, upset, cheated, angry, but is immensely proud that the cast remained professional and the show went on despite the disgusting and cowardly behavior of the two characters that tried to disrupt it. Even though the evening ended on a sad note, he wants to thank all his fans and the media for their understanding and support.”
Sunday May 5th, 1996: Michael Jackson has just arrived in Monte Carlo, capital of the world-renowned Principality of Monaco on the equally famous Cote d’Azur in the south of France . He’s come to take part in the gala celebrity event known as the World Music Awards, which are scheduled to take place in a few days.The World Music Awards is a highly prestigious ceremony, during which artists from around the world are honored for the year’s record-breaking album sales. In 1993, Michael was here for the festivities in Monte Carlo, and went home with an all-time record of three awards. This year, 1996, a new page in music history will be written here. The King of Pop will be honored with no less than five awards from the World Music Awards.
During the days leading up to the festivities, Michael spent most of his time rehearsing for the show that he was planning on offering the WMA’s guests and spectators. According to the experts, some 900 million people around the world be tuned in for the airing of the Awards. There are certainly few televisions shows or events that can boast such figures. For all of these people - practically one person for every seven of the world’s total population! - Michael planned to give them a very special performance of his “Earth song”. History Magazine’s special correspondants were on location…
Wednesday May 8th , 10.30 p.m.: the lights of the Monaco Sporting Club go off. On the stage of the club’s performance hall, a giant sphere representing the Earth is in position.Suddenly, a vertical opening in the middle can be seen, slowly separating the globe’s two hemispheres. From the light glowing from within the sphere, Michael Jackson’s silhouette can be discerned. The first notes of his “Earth Song” begin to fill the cavernous hall. The performance that follows is charged with energy. Michael complements his legendary with little dance steps, clearly a recent innovation. He does the robot, moonwalks to the left, spins around… His dance number is brilliantly effortless, as extraordinary and inspired as the song that accompanies it.
And as the song draws to a close, and the “Earth song” melody is played in a loop on piano. Michael heads to the left side of the stage, to the microphone stand from which the show’s hosts address the audience. And there, Michael starts dancing again. A voice can barely be heard through the sounds of the cheering audience. It’s Michael’s! He had lip-synched to “Earth Song” earlier, but now he’s singing live! Unfortunately, the microphones next to him are off. Michael’s voice can barely be heard. Eventually, and luckily for them, the sound technicians finally wake up and get the mikes to work. Michael’s voice rings out clearly now through the vast performance hall. He’s singing “what about us… What about children now… What about us…”. His voice quivers with extraordinary emotion. The audience has suddenly become quiet in order to hear everything, every note, every fantastic shimmering sound of passion and caring. But Michael chooses not to make this exceptional moment last any longer. Rapidly, he stops singing and goes to the middle of the stage, where a group of children has come to join him for the finale. The audience is visibly overwhelmed with the emotion that Michael’s voice has created.
As soon as he was backstage, Michael headed to his dressing room to watch a video playback of his performance. Later on, we would learn that he was not at all happy with the way things went. During his act, the ventilation machines placed before the stage stopped working, the smoke machine wasn’t working either, not to mention the mikes that were off at the wrong time, as everybody could see. . As a result, Michael insisted on doing the whole performance over again. The gala event’s organizers had no choice but to accept. The audience had to wait 15 minutes, the time it took for Michael to make sure things were arranged just right this time.
The second take of “Earth Song” was virtually the same as the first, with perhaps a bit less spontaneity. Michael also didn’t redo the original dance steps he delighted us with during the first performance, nor did he sing live at the end. But for the second take, he had the fans in the audience come right up to the stage - as he had wished all along - to create a real live concert atmosphere.
And as the irreducible perfectionist, Michael certainly would have been able to do the number again, and again, as many times as it took to get it just right. However, because the World Music Awards are almost recorded live, there was no possibility of starting over again. The show was already behind schedule. So Michael went back to reclaim his seat in the audience. He would appear on stage again later, when he went up to accept the trophies that the World Music Awards had bestowed on him. In the televised version of the show, every one of his appearances on stage was broadcast.