Jackson releases his version of Smile, a song originally written by Charlie Chaplin for the score of his self-directed 1936 film Modern Times.
You have to have that tragedy, that pain to pull from. That’s what makes a clown great. You can see he’s hurting behind the masquerade. He’s something else externally. Charles Chaplin did that so beautifully, better than anyone. I can play off those moments, too. I’ve been through the fire many times.
Jackson wins the Brazilian TVZ Video Award for Best International Video of the Year for Blood On The Dance Floor.
Jackson wins the Bravo Magazine Award for Silver Otto Award, Best Show, 1st Best Looking Singer, and Best Album for History, Past, Present, Future, Book I.
Jackson performs They Don’t Care About Us, Keep It In The Closet along with a host of other hits. There is a 3-D animated virtual backdrop during this HIStory tour in Gothenburg, Sweden at Ullevi Stadium.
Walters interviews Jackson about his friendship with Princess Diana. He also speaks of his tremendous need for privacy in his life. Jackson also discusses his yearning for a normal life and the way in which the media constantly interferes with him.
Yes … I have been lining that kind of life all my life, the tabloid press, that kind of press, not the press, the tabloids, the paparazzi, that type. I have been runnin’ for my life like that. Running there, let’s go this way, then this way, but they are over there, so we go that way. Somebody needs to say “Hold on, STOP!, this person deserves their privacy, you are not allowed to go there.” I go around the world running and hiding, I can’t take a walk in the park, I cant go to the store, I hide in the room and it feels like prison.
Jackson releases Stranger in Moscow the fifth single from HIStory. The song is an autobiographical look at Jackson’s tour in Moscow where he felt suddenly unknown and disconnected from his fans there.
I wrote that in Moscow. The lyrics are totally autobiographical. When you hear lines like, “Here abondoned in my fame…Armageddon of the brain” – at the time, on the last tour when we were in Moscow – that’s how I really felt. It kinda created itself. It fell into my lap, because that’s how I was feeling at the time. Just alone in my hotel and it was raining and I just started writing it.
Jackson performs a solo performance of I’ll Be There during his HIStory concert in Munich, Germany. Jackson also saves a mosquito from being stepped on during the show.
Jackson performs Thriller at the HWT Live in Munich.
Jackson performs Keep it in the Closet live in Munich Germany for his History Tour.
Jackson releases Blood On The Dance Floor: HIStory In The Mix, which is a remix, with Epic Records and MJJ Productions (Jackson’s own label). This is the second album released by his own label. Hit singles include Blood On The Dance Floor, HIStory/Ghosts, and It Is Scary.
Prince Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr is born in L.A.’s Cedars Sinai Hospital. He is the first son born to Jackson and Rowe.
My grandfather and great-grandfather were both named Prince, so we have carried on the tradition and now we have a third Prince in the family.
Jackson is interviewed in Japan during a tour. They talk about his concert experience with the love of his fans in different countries versus others, his apprehension before he goes out on the stage, the premiere of the short film, Ghosts. He also talks about his challenge of the writing positive hopeful songs in a world with so much despair. He starts to laugh hysterically at the weird noises in the background that happen during the interview.
I try to be very positive in my songs when I write them and look at the bright side of things and I’m not totally happy with the situation of the world. But I always try to write something with a positive message in it to convey hope to people to make things better and to not look at the downside all the time.
Jackson is interviewed by Molly Meldrum and they talk about the pressure he feels from the hysteria and anticipation of his fans, his obsession with working, about coping with the disrespect constantly faced with the tabloid media. He also talks what he does do when he has a chance to relax.
Yes, I am a workaholic. Uh, I don’t relax really, I don’t sleep a lot, I like to continually… my mind never stops. I’m always creating. I never stop. But, I love a good water balloon fight or you know playing around, goofing off, Nintendo games, arcades.
Jackson performs I Want You Back in a nostalgic fashion during his HIStory concert in Kuala, Lumpur. He begins to cry after after his solo of I’ll Be There.
Jackson performs The Love You Save along with other classic hits during the Jackson Medley tour in Seoul, Korea.
Rowe and Jackson marry in Australia while he is on HIStory World Tour concerts at the SCG. Rowe is six-months pregnant with their first child during the ceremony. Rowe:
To prevent some of the taboo of a child out of wedlock. The kids were going to have it hard enough as it was, and they didn’t need to have that label upon them like their father has had so many placed upon him, they shouldn’t.
Jackson wins the Bravo Magazine Award for Gold Otto Award, Platinum Otto/Lifetime Achievement Award, Best Male Singer, Best Show, Nicest Singer, and Best Album for History: Past, Present, Future, Book I.
I am very honored.
Jackson performs The Love You Save along with a host of other hits in New Zealand on the HIStory tour to promote his album HIStory:Present, Past and Future I.
Jackson performs The Way You Make Me Feel as part of his HIStory tour.
Jackson performs Earth Song live in Seoul, Korea as part of the HIStory World tour. An aggressive fan joins him without warning on a crane above the stage. Security pulls the fan off the stage.
Jackson wins the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Pop Male award.
Janet and Michael Jackson wins the Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video for Scream.
Jackson wins the BRIT Award for Artist of a Generation Award.
Jackson wins the American Music Award for Favorite Male Artist (Pop/Rock).
Presley and Jackson divorce citing irreconcilable differences as the reason. Presley:
I do believe he loved me as much as he could love anyone and I loved him very much … I became very ill and emotionally/spiritually exhausted in my quest to save him from certain self-destructive behavior and from the awful vampires and leeches he would always manage to magnetize around him. I was in over my head while trying … He was an amazing person and I am lucky to have gotten as close to him as I did and to have had the many experiences and years that we had together
Jackson’s Los Angeles publicist, Lee Solters, confirms the separation saying in a statement that the couple had “mutually agreed to go their separate ways. However, they remain good friends.”
Jackson wins the Billboard Award for Special Hot 100 Award and Pop/Rock Video Of The Year for Scream.
Jackson performs You Are Not Alone at his induction into the Soul Train Hall of Fame, at The Soul Train 25th Anniversary.
Jackson wins the Brazilian TVZ Video Award for Best International Video of the Year for Scream.
Jackson wins the Bravo Magazine Award for Gold Otto Award.
Jackson wins the BET Walk Of Fame Award. He is the first artist to be inducted.
I really don’t know what to say…you’re all wonderful people.
Sawyer asks Jackson about his HIStory album, focus on being a perfectionist and his love of his fans. The interview also includes a rhythmic beat box acapella to demonstrate how he creates music organically without instruments.
That’s my chance to get to really, you know, see them and, feel their presence. When we do a concert, and there’s like a hundred thousand people out there, and you see a sea of people singing there, all in unison, holding up candles, and, you go, wow! You know it’s, it really makes your heart happy and that’s what really makes me feel like everything’s O.K..
Jackson releases Childhood, a song based on his missing childhood experience. The song, the B-side of Scream, is a solo-piece written, sung and produced by Jackson. The song is used in the soundtrack for Free Willy 2.
My childhood was completely taken away from me. There was no Christmas, no birthdays. It was not a normal childhood, no normal pleasures of childhood. Those were exchanged for hard work, struggle and pain, and eventual material and professional success.
Jackson is interviewed by comedian Bill Bellamy. They talk about the nostalgic fun Jackson had while creating the video Scream with his sister, Janet, he also talks about changing his lyrics due to controversy over They don’t really care about us and how he goes about choosing the artists that he finally collaborates with.
We love to dance and to be in a room with my sister reminds me of old times. ‘Cause it allowed us to play and goof off and throw stuff. It was fun.
Jackson wins the Cable Ace Award for Outstanding Musical Special.
Jackson wins the Bravo Magazine Award for Gold Otto Award.
Jackson marries Presley in De La Vega, Santo Domingo. The ceremony was private without any media present. The marriage is confirmed by Donald Trump at the Trump Tower in front of about 400 people who are waiting to see the couple. Presley:
My married name is Mrs. Lisa Marie Presley-Jackson. I am very much in love with Michael. I dedicate my life to being his wife. I understand and support him. We both look forward to raising a family and living a happy, healthy life together.
Jackson performs Black or White as part of the Dangerous tour in Mexico City.
Jackson performs I Want You Back along with a host of other hits in three concert series. This is his final concert at Estadio River Plate in Buenos Aires Argentina, before an audience of 70,000 people.
Michael Jackson performs Heal The World during the Dangerous World Tour at Buenos Aires.
Jackson wins the Bravo Magazine Award for Gold Otto Award.
Jackson wins the BMI Urban Award for Two of the Most Performed Songs of the Year for Black Or White and Remember The Time.
Jackson talks about his obsession with perfection when it comes to creating music, the premiere of Ghosts and the creation of A Stranger in Moscow, the disgust he feels with tabloid media. He also talks about the real Billie Jean and what inspired the song when he was younger while on tour with his brothers.
Some of the songs I remember getting upset with the songwriters because I wanted to sing it one way and they wanted me to sing it another way and I would call Berry Gordy who is the chairman and owner of the company. He would say “Look let Michael do what he wants, I’m sure he’s right.” So that happened several times.
Jackson performs Remember The Time sitting in a chair with crutches at The Soul Train Awards. Jackson receives three awards before performing. each time he came on stage to receive the award he is on crutches and once in a wheelchair. At the receipt of the first award by Eddie Murphy asks for details. Jackson says he was doing a dance and during a spin sprained his ankle.
Jackson is interviewed by Winfrey. They talk about the alienation from childhood that Jackson felt as a young man who was always working, relationship with his family and time together, Latoya’s book and if any disgust is felt about how she ridiculed the family. They also talk about the awkwardness Jackson felt through adolescence.
That is why I think now, because I didn’t have it then, I compensate for that. People wonder why I always have children around me. I find the thing that I never had through them. You know Disneyland, amusement parks, arcade games. I adore all that stuff because when I was little it was always, work, work, work.
Winfrey asks Jackson about his strained relationship with his father and his forgiveness, the lies that the media has created and exploited, the idea of having a Caucasian boy play him in a Pepsi commercial. Jackson also reminds people to stay away from judging or gossiping about people after listening to the media, unless they have spoken to the source of the gossip.
Why do people buy these papers and it’s not the truth? I’m here to say, you know…do not judge a person, do not pass judgement on anyone unless you have talked them one on one. I don’t care what the story is.
Winfrey talks with Jackson about the origin of the title “The King of Pop”, his feeling about romance, relationships and marriage, the type of women that he prefers, his crush on Diana Ross when he was a child. Elizabeth Taylor, Jackson’s close friend, also joins the interview and talks about his warm personality.
I would feel that my life is not complete if I do not (marry). ‘Cause I adore the family life, I adore children and I adore that whole thing. I would love to. That’s one of my dreams but I couldn’t right now because I’m married to my work. I’m married to my music and it has to be that closeness in order to do the kind of work that I wanna do.
Winfrey talks with Jackson’s about his vision to create short films from music videos, reactions to fans globally when to his presence and performance, belief in spirituality and human purpose. Jackson also talks to Winfrey how he hopes this interview will teach the audience around the world not to believe what the media has said about him or others.
Love.I feel lots of love and I feel blessed and honored to be able…to be an instrument of nature that was chosen to give them that, what I give them. I’m very honored and happy about that.
Jackson is interviewed by Oprah Winfrey. They talk about Jackson’s collaboration with Slash on Give in to me, Jackson’s fascination with animals, claims that Jackson wanted to be the only candidate to singing for President Clinton’s inauguration. Jackson also highlights what he would like to be remembered for by his fans and right now in his present life.
I love what I do and I would love people to love what I do and to be loved. I just simply want to be loved wherever I go because all over the world…because I love people of all races from my heart with true affection.
Winfrey interviews Jackson about the amusement park in his backyard, the creation of the moonwalk, and the amount of charities that he has donated to for disadvantaged children.
They can’t sit up and these beds, they are hospital beds, you push a button, you go up or you go down and they are able to watch. We have a magic show, we show the current films, there’s cartoons, anything you know, anything so they can escape to that world of magic that they don’t have a chance to experience, the world I was deprived of when I was little.
Jackson wins the American Music Award for International Artist Award, Favorite Album (Pop/Rock), and Favorite Single (Soul/R&B).
I’d like to thank everyone at Sony Music….and of course all my fans- I Love You.