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King of Pop: MJ's Influence on the Next Generation

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One year later, it's still hard to believe that Michael Jackson, the greatest entertainer of all time, has passed. Just a few weeks shy of his 51st birthday, Michael's passing left us all saddened and shocked, because he was in fact -- gone too soon. His life and music touched numerous people from all walks of life, including those who also make a home in the music business. ESSENCE.COM spoke to a few of today's top R&B artists -- Alicia Keys, Keri Hilson, Ne-Yo, Usher, etc. -- inspired by the King of Pop. These crooners, all younger than Michael, discuss their favorite MJ moments, and lessons they learned from both his life and his death. Michael will always be your favorite singer's favorite singer, check out what they had to say...