Today we remember the King of Pop on his birthday.
Michael Jackson passed away five years ago, but his contributions to music are innumerable.
Getting his start with his brothers in the Jackson 5 as a young boy, he was a breakout star who launched his solo career at the age of 13.
Over the years, Michael’s star began to rise, first with the success of 1980’s “Triumph.” Then in 1982, he released the greatest-selling album in history with “Thriller.”
The rest is history, with the singer being nominated for 12 Grammys and staying at No.1 for an astonishing 37 weeks.
All in all, Michael went on to win 13 Grammys in his historic career, signing a mega-endorsement deal with Pepsi and releasing smash hit albums like “Bad,” “Dangerous” and “Invincible.”
The acclaimed entertainer also grew increasingly more reclusive as his life went on, establishing his home of Neverland Ranch and wearing surgical masks when he went out in public.
In 2009, Michael died from acute propofol intoxication, and his doctor, Conrad Murray, was later convicted of involuntary manslaughter.
He was survived by his children, Paris, Prince Michael and Blanket, who now live with their grandmother, Katherine Jackson.
Even after his death, he’s still surprisingly accomplished.
Michael has been featured in the 2009 documentary “This Is It,” performed in hologram form at the Billboard Music Awards and had a new hit album in the form of this year’s “Xscape.”
“Xscape” hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200 features a top 10 hit with Justin Timberlake called “Love Never Felt So Good.”
As the past five years have proven, Michael Jackson will always be remembered for his incredible talents as a singer, dancer and producer.
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