Celebs Remember Michael Jackson

Celebs Remember Michael Jackson
ESSENCE.COM Jun, 26, 2009

1 of 27 Cliff Watts

“This loss has deeply saddened me! It is with a heavy heart I composed this statement. May God cover you, Michael. We all lift your name up in prayer. I pray for the entire JACKSON family, particularly Michael’s mother, children and all his fans that loved him so much. I would not be the artist, performer, and philanthropist I am today without the influence of Michael. I have great admiration and respect for Him and I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to meet and perform with such a great entertainer, who in so many ways, transcended the culture… His legacy is unparalleled. Michael Jackson will never be forgotten.”

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“The energy of Michael Jackson will live forever through the thing that he put all of his life energy into, his music. I will do my part to keep the melody alive, to keep the energy forever changing form, but never ever dying! Long live Michael Jackson.”

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3 of 27 Getty Image

“This is such a tragic loss… the incomparable Michael Jackson has made a bigger impact on music than any other artist in the history of music. He was magic. He was what we all strived to be. He will always be the King of Pop! Life is not about how many breaths you take, but how many moments in life that take your breath away. For anyone who has ever seen, felt or heard his art, we are all honored to have been alive in this generation to experience the magic of Michael Jackson. I love you, Michael.”

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“Michael Jackson was my generations most iconic cultural hero. Courageous, unique and incredibly talented. He’ll be missed greatly.”

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5 of 27 AP

“I was so honored to be in his presence at such a young age. Working with
him was a dream come true, and he will truly be missed. – Choreographer Michael Jackson’s “Remember the Time” video

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“I like many other artist have had the pleasure and opportunity to work with Michael. I used to try to dance & dress like him when I was a child, so to meet him was a dream come true. He is the epitome of a true entertainer. He has changed not only the music industry but the world. His work will live forever from generation to generation. He has always been #1 and will always be. There will never be anyone during our life time that will have such an impact on our lives the way he has.”

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I think everybody who knows me, knows I love me some Michael Jackson. I cannot believe that the man i jokingly call my husband, has passed away. I am beyond lucky to have met such an extraordinary human being. His God given talent was by far the most beautiful gift we’ve ever seen and probably ever will see. “I don’t know when my tears will stop but I do know this, there’s only one Michael Jackson..he was and will FOREVER be The King of Pop.”

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“He mixed the old with the new.He watched, listened and he studied. Which helped him create a Legacy. He is legendary.”

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9 of 27 Getty Image

“Michael Jackson is the reason why I do music and why I am an entertainer. I am devastated by this great loss, and I will continue to be humbled and inspired by his legacy. My prayers are with his family. Michael will be deeply missed, but never forgotten. He’s the greatest… the best ever. No one will ever be better.”

10 of 27 Getty Image

“I am truly saddened that my mentor, brother and friend will no longer be with us physically. At the same time, I feel so blessed to have been touched by his music, his dance, his lyrics, and his pure genius. It is because of Michael’s yesterday that I am who I am today! "

11 of 27 AP Image

“Michael Jackson will always be remembered as one of the greatest performers in the history of popular music. As a child of the 80’s, I feel as though his music and his videos have been an inseparable part of my life and that of an entire generation. And the powerful thing about great music is that it will always live on. He was and always will be an icon. My heart goes out to his family, friends and countless fans for their tragic loss.”

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“I share, along with many fans around the world, the grief of losing Michael Jackson. Michael had a true and lasting direct impact on my life and my career and for that I will always love him and be eternally grateful. We were so honored that Michael allowed SWV to sample “Human Nature” and to then lend his voice and image—something that was unheard of at the time. Michael Jackson is a true icon in every sense of the word."

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“Michael Jackson showed me that you can actually see the beat. He made the music come to life!! He made me believe in magic. I will miss him!”

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“You can’t talk about music without talking about Michael Jackson. His music touched people around the world. I have some personal memories of spending time with members of his family over the years and will continue to pray for his children, his brothers and sisters and his parents. He will be missed.”

15 of 27 Corbis

“Growing up I had a jacket that had more  zippers than God (laughs)! “Thriller” was my first album cassette and before that we jammed to “Off the Wall” on the 8-track. Me and my brother were always trying to perfect our MJ and James Brown dance moves. When I was on “Dancing With The Stars” I invoked my inner MJ when I did the moonwalk while performing the hustle. Plain and simple Mike was the man and he’s gonna be missed."

16 of 27 Getty Image

“I knew Michael Jackson because he did a song for the soundtrack for my film “Meteor Man” and we talked about doing a movie together. He would invite me to Neverland and the first time I went up there he had a car come pick me up and when me and my kids arrive there’s a giraffe and elephant at the gate and about 16 people there telling me to wait for a second and that Michael would be done in a second. That was Michael, he always showed love and was a treasure. All I can say is that we lost a national treasure."

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“I met Michael Jackson at the age of 8—when his father and my new friend, Joe Jackson, first began to bring the Jackson 5 to Chicago, from their home in Gary, Indiana, for concert appearances.

“Michael personal crescendo of amazing power, as an entertainer—was clear and unmistakable; and has never slowed to this very day! His passing will be grieved far beyond that of any other singer, composer, producer, dancer and choreographer in the history of
the world.

“Indeed, in my very firmest, personal, belief there will never, ever be another Michael Jackson.”

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“I am devastated, and in a strange surreal kind of denial. There is not an inch of this world that was not touched in some way by his talent and charisma, and he will live on forever.”

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“I’m in total shock. He’s one of the reasons for me pushing for excellence with everything including show and song. Prayers for the entire family. Shock is all. A major area of us as our youth, our lives, and  our music has been altered. God rest him.”

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“My senior year in high school I had the biggest crush on Michael Jackson and dedicated three pages of my photo album to him. I finally had the chance to meet him and watch him in action when I played Iman’s servant in his video for “Remember the Time.” He was the most electrifying performer I have ever witnessed. God called back one of his most magical angels and I will forever miss seeing the the thriller. God rest his soul and bless his family.”

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“Michael Jackson’s dedication to humanitarian issues—including helping to raise untold millions of dollars to alleviate poverty and hunger—showed us that he understood how to use his fame to advocate for equality and freedom worldwide. His career is a classic example of the American Dream. Michael Jackson, and the talented Jackson family, represented pride and promise to generations of Americans and people around the globe.”

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“A friend of Michael’s for the last 35 years, I call on people around the world to pray for him and his family in the hour. I have known Michael since we were both teens, worked with him, marched for him, hosted him at our House of Justice headquarters in New York, and we joined together to eulogize our mutual idol, James Brown. I have known him at his high moments and his low moments, and I know he would want us to pray for his family.”

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“Michael Jackson was my Music God. He made me believe that all things are possible, and through real and positive music, you can live forever! I love Michael Jackson. God Bless him.”

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“My mother, Reverend Cassandra Mack, took me to my first concert at Madison Square Garden as a child to see the Jackson 5, and at that moment, I knew what I wanted to do! The greatest entertainer of ALL TIME, Mr.Michael Joseph Jackson! My condolences to his family in this very difficult and devastating time.

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25 of 27 Robert D'Este

“Michael Jackson was an icon. One of my musical icons. As one-third of Destiny’s Child, we had the privilege of performing at MSG concert September 10, 2001. It was magical, I have vivid memories of seeing him clapping his hands and singing along. Not a day will pass that I won’t think of him and his legacy. R.I.P., Michael Jackson!”

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“I grew up with Michael Jackson as my idol. It was a Family Affair. We would all sit around the television whenever a new Michael Jackson video would premiere. I know the feeling I had when I saw him do the moonwalk. I can only imagine the feeling they are getting in heaven seeing him walk through those gates.”

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“To say Michael Jackson was one of the greatest entertainers to ever live is an understatement. From his start as a child star who moved everyone to the true cultural icon he later became his talent immeasurable. I had the chance to interview him on a couple of occasions and while it was clear that there was a childlike nature about this man his genius was just as clear”

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