Michael Jackson's achievements are beyond comparison and not just from a musical point of view. His work for humanitarian causes is a fine example to us all. Look and admire at a list of his incredible moments.


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American Music Awards
Artist of the century


World Music Awards
Male artist of the millenium


Ebony Magazine
One of the 100 most important black people of the 20th century

Entertainment Weekly
Eighth Greatest Entertainer of the Past 50 years

The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
Michael's album "HIStory" (released in 1995) has been certified Platinum 7 times in the USA

Entertainment Weekly Poll
Best Solo Artist (Modern) - #1. Michael Jackson (with 25.90% of the votes)
Best Group (Classic) - #2. The Jackson 5 (with 13.57% of the votes)
Most Underrated Artist or Group - #2. Michael Jackson (with 17.125 of the votes)
Best Modern Album - #1. "Thriller" - Michael Jackson (with 23.43% of the votes)
Best Song (Modern) - #2. "Billie Jean" - Michael Jackson (with 16.11% of the votes)
Best Music Video - #1. "Thriller" - Michael Jackson (with 25.11% of the votes)

Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented to Michael in South Africa by Namibian Premier Hage Geingob.

Diamond Award
For U.S sales of 10 million for an individual album or single (Michael was the youngest male artist to qualify for the award)

CD-First Internet Poll
Greatest Pop Artist of the 90's

Bollywood Awards
World Humanity Award

Internet Worldwide Top 100 Male Stars
# 1 Male Star

CNN Internet Poll
Best Music Video Of All Time - Thriller

80 Classics of the 80's Poll - Dutch Music Channel (TMF)
#1 Song - Thriller


VH1 poll
# 1 greatest video of all time - Thriller

Puls Denmark Music TV Program Viewer (Vote)
Best foreign male singer(1997)
Best Show of the Year (1997)

Bravo Magazine Awards
Silver Otto Award

Mix (Danish) Magazine readers' (Vote)
Best Event - Michael Jackson Concert at Parken Stadium
Best Foreign Male Singer
2nd Best Dressed Singer
Best Singer
3rd Best Foreign Album - "Blood on the Dance Floor"

Billboard "Hot 100" Singles Chart
Most #1 Hits by Male Artist (13)


Bob Fosse Award
Best Choreography in a Music Video - "Ghosts"

Bravo Magazine Awards
Silver Otto Award
Best Album, "HIStory"
Best Show
3rd Best Looking Singer

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Jackson 5 inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall

Popcorn Magazine Awards
Favourite Male Vocalist

Brazilian TVZ Video Awards
Best International Video of the Year - "Blood On The Dance Floor"

Dutch Music Factory Awards
Best Male Singer
Best Live Act

Live! Magazine (readers' poll)
Most Memorable Male Performer
Legend of Live Entertainment


World Music Awards (Michael won a record 5 awards)
Best Selling Artist ever
Best Selling Record of All Time (Thriller)
Best Selling Male Artist of 1996
Best Selling American Artist
Best Selling R&B Artist

American Music Awards (Michael received 3 nominations)
Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist of the Year

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards (Michael received 2 nominations)
Favorite Pop Male award (HIStory)

Grammy Awards (Michael received 4 nominations)
Best Music Video (short form)- Scream

Irish Music Awards
Best International Male Artist Award - HIStory

Brit Awards
Artist of a Generation Award

Le Film Fantastique -French Film Awards
Best Video Award - Earth Song

Danish Grammy Awards
Best International Male Artist
Best International Album - HIStory

Genesis Awards
1995 Doris Day Music Award (Award given to musical animal-sensitive work) - Earth Song video

Bravo Magazine
Golden Otto Award
Platinum Otto Award - Lifetime Achievement Award (Michael is the first artist to recieve this award)
Best Album - HIStory
Best Male Singer
Nicest Singer
Best Show

Hong Kong Hit Radio
Best International Male Artist
Best Song of the Year - You Are Not Alone


MTV Video Music Awards (Michael received 11 nominations)
Best Dance Video - Scream
Best Choreography - Scream
Best Art Direction - Scream

Popcorn Magazine
Artist of the Decade Award
Best Male Vocalist of the Year

BET Hall of Fame Award
Michael is the first recipient of the BET Hall of Fame Award

Billboard Music Awards
Special Hot 100 Award

Billboard Music Video Awards
Pop/Rock Video of the Year - Scream

Bravo Magazine
Golden Otto Award

Brazilian TVZ Video Awards
Best International Video of the Year - Scream

European MTV Music Awards
Best Male Artist of the Year

Poprocky Magazine
Favorite Male Vocalist of the Year

Smash Hits Poll
Best Male Artist award


Children's Choice Awards
Caring For Kids Award

Crenshaw Community Youth And Arts Foundation
Humanitarian Award

MTV Movie Awards
Best Song in a movie - Will You Be There

Smash Hits Awards
Best Male Vocalist

Pop Rock Magazine
Favorite Singer of The Year

Bravo Magazine
Gold Otto Award

Cable Ace Awards
Outstanding Musical Special - HBO special, and Dangerous concert from Bucharest


Guinness Book Of World Records
Lifetime Achievement Award

Soul Train Awards
1993 Humanitarian Of The Year Award
Best R&B Single - Remember The Time
Best R&B Album - Dangerous

World Music Awards
World's Best Selling Pop Artist
Best Selling American Artist
World's Best Selling Artist Of The Era

NAACP Image Awards
25th Silver Anniversary Entertainer Of The Year Award
Outstanding Music Video - Black or White

Echo Awards
Best International Artist of the Year

Grammy Awards
Living Legend Award

American Music Awards
Best Pop/Rock Album - Dangerous
Best Soul/R&B Single - Remember The Time
Special International Artist Award for record sales and humanitarian efforts around the world

Bravo Magazine
Gold Otto Award

BMI Award
Most Performed Songs of The Year - Black or White, Remember The Time


Billboard Music Award
1992 World Artist Award - #1 World single Black or White, #1 World album Dangerous Commemoration of 10th anniversary of Thriller (Biggest selling album of all time).

National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters
Lifetime Achievement Award

Operation One To One Award

Bravo Magazine
Gold Otto Award

National Honor Of Merit Award

Point Of Light Ambassador (Given by: George Bush, President of U.S.A) 1991

Music Video Producers' Hall of Fame
Thriller Video

MTV Awards
Video Vanguard Award renamed to the "Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award"


Music Connection
Man Of The Decade

Sony Entertainment
Top Selling Artist Of The Decade

Soul Train Awards
Artist Of The Decade

American Cinema Awards
Entertainer Of The Decade

BMI Inaugural
First Michael Jackson Award Of Achievement

Boy Scouts Of America
Good Scout Humanitarian

Capital Children Museum
Humanitarian Award

Grammy Awards
Best Video - Leave Me Alone

Vanity Fair
Most Popular Artist In The History Of Show Business

White House Recognition
Artist Of The Decade (Recognized by President George Bush)


Entertainment Tonight
Most Important Entertainer Of The Decade

World Music Awards
Hall Of Fame
Lifetime Achievement In Video
Viewers Choice #1 Video - Dirty Diana

British TV Industry Awards
Artist Of The Decade

British Phonographic Industry Awards
Video Of The Year

British Academy Of Music Awards
Best International Male Artist

Critic's Choice Award
Best Video

Entertainment Tonight
Most Important Entertainer Of The Decade

Friday Night Videos
Greatest Artist Of The Decade
Number One Artist

American Dance Award

American Music Awards
Special Award Of Achievement

Billboard Awards
Number One Black Artist
#1 Album-Pop/R&B - Bad

Bravo Magazine
Bronze Otto Award

BRE Awards
Triple Crown Award - King Of Pop, Rock and Soul
Video Of The Year

TV Show (U.K)
Goodbye To The 80's Award

Vanity Fair
Artist Of The Decade

Video Software Dealer Association
Favorite Music Video - Moonwalker

Soul Train Awards
1st Annual Sammy Davis Jr. Award
Heritage Award
R&B Contemporary

National Urban Coalition
Humanitarian Award

Gardner Street Elementary School
Most Famous Alumnus Renamed School Auditorium to Michael Jackson

MTV Awards
Video Vanguard Award
The Greatest Video In The History Of The World - Thriller

People's Choice Awards
Favorite Music Video - Smooth Criminal

Rolling Stone Magazine
Video Of The Decade - Thriller

Video Pioneer

Award For The Success Of the "Bad" Tour

#1 Entertainer Of The Year


New York Times Best Seller List
# 1 Best Seller - "Moonwalker", Autobiography by Michael Jackson

Soul Train
R&B Album Of The Year - Bad
Best Male Single Of The Year

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)
Frederick D. Patterson Award
Honorary Doctor Of Humane Letters Degree from Fisk University

NAACP Image Awards
Leonard Carter Humanitarian Award
Best Male Artist - Bad Single
Best Album - Bad

Billboard Awards
Top Black Artist
Outstanding Artist Of The Year
Best Live Show Of 1988
Blues & Soul

Wembley Stadium
Record Breaking Seven Sell Out Shows

Ebony Magazine
American Black Achievement Award

#1 Entertainer Of The Year

Bravo Magazine
Gold Otto Award

Cable Ace Awards
Outstanding Editing in a Musical Special - Motown on Showtime: Michael Jackson, the Legend Continues

Guild Hall Party
Presentation Of Sword To Commemorate the "Bad" Tour

MTV Vanguard Award
Outstanding Contribution To Music Video Production

American Music Awards
Favorite Single - Soul/R&B


Best Vocal Artist of 1987 - "Aftanbladet" Readers' Poll

Bravo Magazine
Silver Otto Award


Guinness Book of World Records
Largest Ever Endorsement For Product Promotion - $15 million for Pepsi

Grammy Awards
Record Of The Year - We Are The World
Song Of The Year - We Are The World
Best Pop Performance By Duo Or Group - We Are The World
Best Music Video Short Form

American Music Awards
Award Of Appreciation
Song Of The Year - We Are The World

People's Choice Awards
Favorite New Song - We Are The World


Poll - World Almanac and Book of Facts 1985
Voted "Hero of Young America"

Grammy Awards
Best Home Video - The Making Of Thriller


Guinness Book Of Records
Best Selling Album Of All Time - Thriller

Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Grammy Awards Michael recieves a record breaking 12 nominations and a record breaking 8 Grammy awards - the most won by an artist in one year.
Album Of The Year - Thriller
Record Of The Year - Beat It
Best Male Pop Performance
Producer Of The Year (with Quincy Jones) - Thriller
Best Male Rock Vocal Performance - Beat It
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance - Billie Jean
Best New R&B Song - Billie Jean
Best Recording For Children - E.T. The Extra Terrestrial Album (narration by Michael Jackson)

Canadian Black Music Awards
Top Male Vocalist
Entertainer of the Year
Top International Album - Thriller
Top International Single - Billie Jean

American Music Awards
Special Award Of Merit
Favorite Album-Pop/Rock - Thriller
Favorite Album-Soul/R&B - Thriller
Favorite Male Vocalist - Soul/R&B
Favorite Male Vocalist - Pop/Rock
Favorite Single-Pop/Rock - Billie Jean
Favorite Video-Pop/Rock - Beat It
Favorite Video-Soul/R&B - Beat It

MTV Awards
Viewers Choice Award - Thriller
Best Overall Video - Thriller
Best Choreography - Thriller

People's Choice Awards
Best All Around Entertainer Of The Year
Favorite Video of the Year - Thriller

Hotel Royal Plaza
Presentation Casement - 37 Gold & Platinum Discs

Presidential Special Achievement Award (U.S)
Presented at the White House by President Ronald Regan to Michael Jackson in recognition of his contribution to the nation's campaign against drunk driving - Michael's song "Beat It" was run in the ads

Presentation Casement Of Platinum Disc 1985
Presented in the U.K for the "Thriller" album

Gift Of Music Award
Best Selling Album - Thriller
Best selling Single - Billie Jean
Best Home Video - The Making Of Thriller

NAACP Image Awards
H. Claude Hodson Medal Of Freedom

Ebony Magazine Award

Billboard Awards
Top Album

American Video Awards
Best Long Form Video
Best Home Video

Crystal Globe Awards
Exceeding Sales Past 5 Million


Billboard Awards
Pop Album of the Year - Thriller
Pop Artist of the Year
Black Album - Thriller
Black Artist of the Year
Pop Album Artist
Pop Male Album Artist
Pop Male Singles Artist
Black Album Artist
Black Singles Artist
Pop Singles Artist
Dance/Disco Artist
Dance/Disco 12" LP - Billie Jean
Dance/Disco 12" LP - Beat It

Rolling Stone
Readers Poll - #1 Artist of the Year
Readers Poll - #1 Soul Artist
Readers Poll - #1 Video - Beat It
Readers Poll - #1 Producer (with Quincy Jones)
Critics Poll - #1 Artist of the Year
Critics Poll - #1 Video - Beat It
Critics Poll - #1 Male Vocalist
Critics Poll - #1 Soul Artist

Black Gold Awards
Top Male Vocalist
Best Album - Thriller
Best Single of the Year - Billie Jean
Best Video Performance - Beat It

Billboard Video Awards
Best Performance by a Male Artist
Best Overall Video - Beat It
Best Performance by a Male Artist Best Choreography - Beat It
Best Use Of Video To Enhance Artist's Song - Beat It
Best Use Of Video To Enhance Artist's Image - Beat It

Number One Male Artist
Top Black Male Artist
Top Pop Album
Top Black Album
Top Male - Singles Artist
Top Black Male - Singles Artist
Top Pop Single - Billie Jean
Top Black Single - Billie Jean

Album Of The Year - U.K, Japan, Australia, Holland

Artist Of The Year - U.K, Italy, Japan

International Artist Of The Year - Brazil

Record Of The Year - Greece

Best Male Vocalist - Japan

Most Important Foreign Album - Spain

Single Of The Year - Australia


American Music Awards
Favorite Album (Soul/R&B) - Off The Wall
Favorite Male Vocalist - Soul/R&B

Soul Album of the Year - Off The Wall

British Phonographic Industry Awards
Off The Wall Album

NAACP Image Awards
Best Singing Group


Star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame - The Jacksons

American Music Awards
Favorite Male Soul Artist
Favorite Soul Album - Off The Wall
Favorite Soul Single - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough

Grammy Awards
Best R&B Performance - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough

Billboard Awards
Top Black Artist
Top Black Album - Off The Wall

Soul Album of the Year - Off The Wall

NAACP Image Awards
Best Singing Group - The Jacksons


NAACP Image Awards
Best Singing Group - Jackson 5

Golden Globe Award - Ben

Billboard Awards
Top Singles Artist of the Year
Top Singles Male of the Year

U.S. Congress
Special Commendation For Being Positive Role Models


NAACP Image Awards
Best Singing Group of the Year - Jackson 5

Grammy Awards
Best Pop Song - ABC


NAACP Image Awards
Best Singing Group of the Year - Jackson 5

Guiness World Records

Guinness 2000 Millenium Edition (U.S.)

Most Valuable Oscar
Pop star Michael Jackson paid a record $1.54 million at Sotheby's, New York City, USA, for the Best Film Oscar won by producer David O. Selznick for "Gone With The Wind" [USA,1939]. The world's most valuable Oscar, now owned by pop legend Michael Jackson.

Most Charities Supported By a Pop Star
Michael Jackson has supported 39 charity organizations either with monetary donations through sponsorships of their projects or by participating in their silent auctions. The charities involved include AIDS Project L.A., American Cancer Society, BMI Foundation, Inc., Childhelp USA, United Negro College Fund (UNCF), YMCA - 28th Street/Crenshaw, The Sickle Cell Research Foundation and Volunteers of America.

Most Grammy Awards
The most Grammy Awards won in a single year is eight, by Michael Jackson, in 1984. Jackson began his career as a child star in his brothers' band, the Jackson Five. He launched his solo career in 1972 with the song "Got To Be There," and 10 years later released the album "Thriller," which sold more than 48 million copies worldwide.

Longest US Span of No. 1 Hits
The R&B artist with the longest span of US No. 1 hits is Michael Jackson. His first solo No. 1 was "Ben" in October 1972, and he last topped the chart almost 23 years later with "You Are Not Alone" in September 1995. The latter was also the first single ever to enter the US charts at No. 1. He had also topped the charts as lead singer of the Jackson 5 on four occasions before his first solo No. 1.

Longest Video
Michael Jackson's part feature film, part music video "Ghosts" (1996) is 35 minutes long and was based on an original concept by best-selling author Stephen King. Jackson plays five different roles in the video, which was directed by Stan Winston. Michael Jackson's legendary "Thriller" (1983) video and Snoop Doggy Dog's "Murder Was The Case" (1994) both run 18 minutes.

Most Expensive Video
The video for Michael and Janet Jackson's hit single "Scream" (1995) cost a record $7 million to make and was directed by Mark Romanek (USA). Shot on seven different sound stages, it features flying electric guitars and complex morphing effects. "Scream" won the "MTV Music Video Award for Dance" in 1995 and the Grammy for Music Video, Short Form in 1996.

Most Expensive Promotional Campaign for an Album by a Pop Star
Promotions for Michael Jackson's album "HIStory" (1995) included a 30-ft-high [9.1 m high], inflated statue of the pop star on top the Tower Records in Hollywood, California, a huge sign in Times Square, New York City (USA), and another statue floated on a barge down the river Thames London, England. Jackson's record company Sony spent a total of $40 million on the promotions for the launch of the album in the USA, the United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, Japan, South Africa, and the Netherlands.

Most Valuable Pieces of Rock Star Clothing
A white rhinestone glove owned by Michael Jackson sold for $28,050 in December 1991. In 1997, an afgan coat worn by John Lennon on the cover of Beatles' Magical Mystery Tour album (1967) was bought for $57,750 on behalf of his eldest son, Julian.

1999 U.S. Hardcover Edition

Most Successful Siblings
Michael and Janet Jackson are the only siblings to have separately topped the US singles and album charts. Michael has amassed 13 No. 1 singles and four chart-topping albums and Janet has has eight No. 1 singles and three No. 1 albums.

Youngest Singer to Top U.S. Singles Chart
Michael Jackson was 11 years five months old when he sang lead on "I Want You Back" by the Jackson Five, which reached No. 1 on the US chart in 1970.

Biggest-Selling Album by a Male Soloist in the U.K.
Michael Jackson's "Bad" (1987) has sold 3.9 million copies in the UK. His "Thriller" (1982) is the second most successful album, with sales of more than 3.3 million.

Most Successful Concert Series
Michael Jackson sold out for seven nights at Wembley Stadium, London in August 1988.

1998 U.S. Hardcover Edition

Most Successful Concert Series
Michael Jackson sold out for seven nights at Wembley Stadium, London, England in the summer of 1988. A total of 504,000 people saw Jackson perform July 14-16, 22-23, and August 26-27, 1988.

Biggest Sellers (Singles)
(Amongst the) highest certified singles, at 4 million copies, is "We Are The World" by USA for Africa.

Biggest Sellers (Singles)
The fastest-selling single is "We Are theWorld", by USA for Africa, which reportedly sold 800,000 copies in three days in March 1985.

Biggest Sellers (Albums)
The best-selling album of all time is "Thriller" by Michael Jackson, with global sales of 47 million and domestic sales (as reported by RIAA) of over 25 million.

1994 U.S. Hardcover Edition

Largest Contracts
Michael Jackson...$890 million (Sony, March 1991) Prospective earnings of $1 billion were reported.

Greatest Audience
The highest-ever viewership was 133.4 million viewers watching the NBC transmission of Super Bowl XXVII on 31 Jan 1993.

Highest-Paid Commercial Spokesperson
It was reported in March 1988 that Pepsi Cola had paid Michael Jackson $12 million to do four TV commercials for them.

1992 U.S. Hardcover Edition

Most Successful Singer
The total attendance at Michael Jackson's worldtour, September 1987-December 1988, brought in a tour gross revenue of over $124 million.