To be honest, I rarely watch BET (for obvious reasons), but I knew they would be paying tribute to Michael Jackson so I had to tune in. And I must say, Jamie Foxx had me rolling the entire show. He and Ne-Yo dominated this years Awards with their musical ability and I liked their many wardrobe changes into MJ inspired ensembles… basically their jackets were cool. Aside from them everyone else was decently dressed, no crazy ridiculousness except for maybe the over-sized chains of T-Pain and Souljah Boy. Check out some of the photos from the 2009 BET Awards:
(personal sidenote: all this referring to Michael in past tense is Really bugging me, soooooooo weird, still doesn’t feel real).
From sequined fedoras to one very special glove, the King of Pop–who died from a sudden cardiac arrest yesterday–was more than a music legend. He was a bona fide style superstar.
1972: As a member of the Jackson 5, Michael was a rising star by the tender age of six. His sartorial wild streak was already showing by age 14, with bold mixed patterns and hair that screamed “look at me.”
1983: Jackson’s “Thriller” video captured 80s excess in all its glory: Expensive effects, seductive dance moves, and a red peak-shouldered motorcycle jacket that spawned a national fashion fever for zipper-laden leather bombers.
1984: One look at Balmain’s intensely popular Spring 2009 collection, and it’s obvious Jackson’s signature look still has serious impact. The glittered Sergeant Pepper-style military coat he wore to the American Music Awards—with date Brooke Shields on his arm—is as relevant now as it was 25 years ago.
1984: No accessory in pop culture history has enjoyed as much well-earned fame as Jackson’s one glove, which made frequent on-stage appearances throughout his career. It was intended to hit auction blocks earlier this year (legal snafus put an end to the sale), and at the time was expected to fetch up to $200,000.
1987: There’s subtlety and then there’s…Michael Jackson’s stage wardrobe from the 80s. His fiercely fetishized look—leather, buckles, an in-your-face attention to his…er, maleness—are also evident in the present-day collections of everyone from Rodarte to Alexander Wang.
1992: Jackson’s flair for the unexpected continued into the 90s, when the King of Pop highlighted his patented crotch-grab with a gold lame thong worn over a pair of tight black pants with—what else?—a broad silhouette hologram jacket and some Rambo-style bling.
1995: Before Jackson came along, the rules for showing off your white socks were hard and fast: Don’t do it. But once the world saw him perform a magical feat known as the moonwalk, his fedora tilted just so, we decided there must have been some kind of magic in that footwear.
2009: Right up to his last days, Jackson was a loyal (and unpredictable) fashion force, picking pieces straight from the women’s runways of fashion insider favorites Givenchy and Balmain. It’s difficult to say who was paying tribute to whom, but the whether Jackson was cause or effect is irrelevant—his inimitable stamp is everywhere in the fashion sphere.
Michael Jackson at the (young) age of 50 is no longer living.
Even as I type that, I don’t believe it. To be honest I haven’t even accepted the fact that Bernie Mac has passed- I know that’s random, but I seriously have not– because I see him everyday on tvs and in movies and… idk, it just doesn’t seem real, but back to Michael.
Though he has been controversial in the media within the past decade- I still reverenced him as the king. The king of music, the king of dance, the king of pop. There is no one on Earth who is more well-known than Michael. There is no one on Earth that has had a greater influence on this century than Michael Jackson. Some may laugh at that truth, but its real… My mother is one of his biggest fans and I’ve always loved MJ. His slow destruction began with the bantering of his father, he would constantly poke fun at his appearance and say that Michael had, “a big nose, and bad skin,” not to mention the unintended pressures of a few big brothers here and there. Words are powerful- they can (for some) cut deep and they can linger in one’s mind causing a person to change overtime… so for our beloved MJ that meant a nose job, some facial restructuring, and then because no doctor would turn down the king of pop his need for plastic surgery became over indulgent and I know that that, even if not specifically, played a role in his death. Oooo death- that word hurts… Michael Jackson and death… they just don’t belong in the same sentence. Oh, but don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying they (his family) caused his death, but that stuff crossed my mind and I just think that’s where the psychological issues stemmed from thus causing Michael to often act bizarre and what not. (Most people’s psychological issues stem from childhood). (He specifically died from cardiac arrest)
Anyway…. I just want to say that Micheal, I LOVE you, no matter what anyone says, no matter what anyone will say- you will ALWAYS be number 1.
MJ Greatest Dance Moves