Michael Jackson closed Wednesday’s American Music Awards by accepting the Artist of the Century Award from friend Chris Tucker. Michael told the crowd, “First, i’d like to say, Chris Tucker, you are the funniest man in the world. [ Applause ] Larry Kline, Dick Clark — can you hold for me, please [hands award to Tucker]? I’d like to thank people that are very important in my life. My mother and father, John McLean, Rodney Jerkens, I think you’re a musical genius. I love you Quincy Jones. You’re amazing. Trudy Green, Howard Kaufman, Suzanne Dupast, Diana Ross, Marlon Brando. I love you.”
Jacko Charity Single In Limbo… Again
January 9, 2002 – Foxnews.com’s Roger Friedman reports that while he has heard the charity single Michael Jackson had recorded for ‘What More Can I Give?’, the singer and Sony still haven’t released the song in an already saturated charity CD market. The rep for producer of the Spanish version of the tune, KC Porter, told Friedman, “We heard about it before Christmas, but nothing since them. I think they’re battling a distribution problem. It’s not definite that Sony’s going to release it, and no one knows anything except Michael.” Read more.
Now Jacko Will Appear AND Perform At AMA’s
January 8, 2002 – In addition to accepting the Artist of the Century award at the 29th American Music Awards on Wednesday, Michael Jackson will also perform his 1988 No. 1 hit “Man in the Mirror” on the show, to be broadcast on ABC. Michael’s sister Janet will appear on the show via satellite from Tokyo, where she is promoting her latest Virgin album, “All for You.”
Jacko Lives By Lone Ranger Creed
January 6, 2002 – The New York Daily News reports a sales exec at Harry Winston’s Beverly Hills gave Michael Jackson her photo of the Lone Ranger after Michael said he was his hero and that he’d always lived his life by “The Lone Ranger’s Creed.” Turns out the woman’s father was Clayton Moore, who played the sagebrush avenger.
Jacko To Appear On AMAs But Suit Goes On
January 4, 2002 – MTV.com reports Michael Jackson will appear on the American Music Awards on January 9, but will not perform as was originally agreed. Dick Clark’s lawyer, Greg Aldisert, explained the lawsuit against the Grammys and Michael Green will continue saying, “This [development] doesn’t affect the lawsuit because it doesn’t address [Greene’s] policy of interference, and Jackson is still not performing [on the AMAs].” Read more.