Michael Jacksons Legacy and Influence

An Impact Felt Around the World

Michael Jackson's legacyseems difficult to qualify, as Michael Jackson impacted so many people during his lifetime; in addition, he arguably changed the face of music, music videos, dance, and even the concept of the performer. In addition, the Michael Jackson legacy is not wholly positive; Michael Jackson’s scandals, Michael Jackson’s changing appearance, and Michael’s bizarre behaviors will also be remembered for years to come. In terms of Michael Jackson's influence on the music world, many pop celebrities have cited Michael Jackson as having influenced them. For example, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Mariah Carey, Usher, and R Kelly have all said that Michael Jackson influence has played a major role in their musical careers. In addition, Michael Jackson’s music videos paved the way for African-American artists to gain acceptance in the music video world. After Michael’s Thriller video, MTV began playing many more music videos made by African-American artists, which was a major breakthrough for Michael. In addition, Michael’s dancing inspired many, many artists and performers and Michael Jackson's legacy will live on for a long time through his music and dancing and music videos.

Related to Michael Jackson’s death the latest breaking news, the world watched, stunned, as news about Michael’s death developed; people around the world tuned in to watch and listen.

Proof of how deeply Michael Jackson's influence was felt was seen in the days and weeks immediately following Michael’s death. The memorial for Michael Jackson was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Nielsen estimated that thirty one million people watched the memorial service, which was comparable to the number of people who watched Ronald Reagan and Princess Diana’s service in 1997.

Michael Jackson's legacywas celebrated at the memorial by the hundreds of celebrities, family members, and public figures in attendance. Performers included Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Ritchie, John Mayer, Jennifer Hudson, Usher, and Jermaine Jackson. Smokey Robinson gave a euology, and the renowned poet Maya Angelou even wrote a peom especially to celebrate Michael Jackson's influence. Michael’s daughter Paris gave a tearful, heartful eulogy as well, working much of the crowd to tears.