Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and philanthropist. He was born on August 29, 1958, in Gary, Indiana. He was the eighth of 10 children born to Joseph Jackson and Katherine Jackson. Michael Jackson began his professional singing career at the age of 5 under his father’s encouragement. He became the lead singer of his family’s popular Motown group, the Jackson 5. He went on to a solo career of astonishing worldwide success, delivering No. 1 hits from the albums Off the Wall, Thriller, and Bad. Thriller remains one of the best-selling albums in history.
Throughout his career, Michael Jackson won numerous awards including 13 Grammy Awards. He was known as the “King of Pop” and is regarded as one of the most significant cultural figures of the 20th century.
Michael Jackson was dogged by allegations of child molestation in his later years. He died on June 25, 2009 at age 50 of a drug overdose just before launching a comeback tour.
Michael Jackson won numerous awards throughout his career including 13 Grammy Awards. He is the most awarded artist in history, with hundreds of awards, including 15 Grammy Awards, 6 Brit Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and 39 Guinness World Records. His album Thriller is widely considered his most successful album and is one of the best-selling albums of all time. He is known for his trademark “moonwalk” dance and his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice.
Michael Jackson was also a philanthropist. He supported over 39 charities throughout his life and donated millions of dollars to various causes. Some of the charities he supported include the United Negro College Fund, the NAACP, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.