Singer-songwriter Michael Jackson's award-winning career as the King of Pop transformed the face of pop music and popular culture. He released the best-selling album in history, ‘Thriller’, in 1982.
As a child, he performed as the lead singer of the Jackson family's popular Motown group, The Jackson 5. He went on to become one of the most internationally famous award-winning solo pop stars of all-time.
As well as Thriller, Jackson released a host of successful albums including Off The Wall (1979), Bad (1987), Dangerous (1991), and HIStory (1995), which also rank among the world's best-selling. Jackson is one of the few artists to have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
Some of his other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records; 13 Grammy Awards as well as the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award; 26 American Music Awards, which is more than any other artist, including the "Artist of the Century" and "Artist of the 1980s”. Jackson has won hundreds of awards, making him the most-awarded recording artist in the history of popular music.
Jackson died unexpectedly at home in June 2009 at the age of 50.