Did you received the news via text message? Did someone run into the break room at your office screaming the news in shock? Were you walking down the street and heard a series of MJ hit blasting, and wondered what could be up?
I remember being at a photo shoot and the photographer ran up to me showing a text from his girlfriend that read: “Michael Jackson is dead.” I nearly cursed him out thinking it was another silly prank. I yelled, “Michael Jackson is NOT dead, this is not funny!” I told myself I needed a television. I ran into the office lounge and there it was. Reporters on CNN said Michael Jackson was in cardiac arrest. By the time I got off the train the news was confirmed: “The King of Pop dead at 50.” I cried like I lost a family member. I didn’t leave the house the entire weekend.
Today marks the first-year anniversary of the King of Pop’s untimely passing. Fans and fellow celebrities alike choose to reflect on this somber day by remembering why we loved Michael Jackson. Although Michael was gone too soon, we have his everlasting music that will live on forever.
MTV spoke to artists like Kelly Rowland, Drake, Ne-Yo and others who share their thoughts on MJ’s passing and how his music inspired them:
Television tributes for the legendary King of Pop are underway. CNN takes a behind-the-scenes look at MJ with “Michael Jackson: The Final Days” airing tonight at 8pm. This touching report will retrace the last 24 hours of Micheal’s life up until his unfortunate death.
Check out the preview below:
Our friends over at the YBF compiled a listing of all of the MJ tributes airing today:
ABC: “20/20” “Michael Jackson: After Life” 9:00-11:00 p.m.
CNN: “Michael Jackson: The Final Days” 8:00 p.m. with Don Lemon, followed by a “Larry King” special tribute at 9:00 p.m.
E!: “True Hollywood Story” (repeat) 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m; “The Last Days of Michael Jackson” 10:00 a.m., 3:00 and 8:00 p.m; “Michael Jackson” 11:00 a.m., 4:00 and 9:00 p.m.
MTV: “Michael Jackson Top 10 Video Countdown” 5:00-6:30 p.m; “Michael Jackson’s Influence” 6:30 p.m.
NBC: “Dateline” “Katherine Jackson interview” 9:00 p.m.
TV Guide: “Gone Too Soon” 9:00-11:00 p.m; “Michael Jackson’s Entourage: Where Are They Now” and “Michael Jackson: His Family Dynasty” 11:00 p.m.
VH1: “The Jacksons: An American Family” noon-5 p.m; “Famous Crime Scenes” 11:30 p.m.
How will you remember the King of Pop? What’s your favorite song and music video?