Having achieved more than 739 awards in his lifetime, Jackson is recognized as the most awarded and nominated artist of all time. Michael Jackson’s achievements include 31 Guinness World Records — including one for “Most Successful Entertainer of All Time” - 13 Grammy Awards, 26 American Music Awards, 18 World Music Awards and the estimated sale of 1 billion units worldwide. Winning countless awards for his humanitarian endeavors, the singer has been honoured by two Presidents of the United States. He has also been named as the artist of “the Decade”, “Generation”, “Century”, and “Millennium”.
He was great guy. He was funny. He had a great sense of humor and his work ethic was legendary. He wasn’t a person to sit back and let somebody else determine, you know. He liked input, but he would have the final say and he had a great instinct and he knew what was best for him. He knew what worked for him.
- Director Spike Lee on working with Michael Jackson on the set of the controversial "They don’t care about us" MV.
In the recordings, Jackson is heard saying, “Thriller sounded so crap. The mixes sucked. When we listened to the whole album, there were tears… I just cried like a baby. I stormed out of the room and said, ‘We’re not releasing this’.”
But a visit to a local school playground convinced Jackson to change his mind.
He said, “One of the maintenance crew in the studio had a bicycle and so I took it and rode up to the schoolyard. I just watched the children play. When I came back I was ready to rule the world. I went into the studio and I turned them songs out.”