Michael Jackson was given the ‘Artist of the Millennium Award’ at Thursday’s MTV Video Music Awards by Britney Spears, a day that also was the King of Pop’s 44th birthday. Jackson said, “Wow. God bless you. I love you, too. Thank you very much. Britney spears, you look wonderful. If — when I was a little boy in Indiana if someone had told me — if someone had told me that one day I would be getting as a musician the Artist of the Millennium Award, I wouldn’t have believed it. This is really amazing. I can’t believe it. Thank you so very much. There’s a couple of people I have to thank who made this possible. First of all, I’d like to thank God who makes all things possible. My mother, Joseph Jackson, Katherine Jackson, Triewdy Green, Howard Kauffman, the genius of John McLean. Diana Ross, Gladys Knight. Quincy Jones I love you. David Blaine your magic is real and I believe in you. I would like to thank — I think James Brown is a genius. All the fans around the world, I love you. God bless you, thank you.”
Update: The Artist Of The Millennium wasn’t the award Michael got… it was just a birthday present, as Jacko misunderstood when Britney said something about being the artist of the millennium.
Michael Jackson Has Beautiful ‘Fair-Skinned Baby’
August 26, 2002 – Access Hollywood spoke to Michael Jackson’s close friend and confidant, Gary Pudney about news of Jacko’s latest child, Prince Michael II. “The baby is absolutely beautiful, a fair-skinned baby, got lots of curly dark brown hair and very sweet, very beautiful baby,” he said. Pudney said it was possible that Debbie Rowe, the mother of Jackson’s first two children is the latest child’s mother adding, “Although they’re divorced, they see each other and she sees the children. I think they were recently in Las Vegas at the Siegfried and Roy show, actually.”
Michael Jackson Considers Buying A Las Vegas Home
August 26, 2002 – The Las Vegas Review Journal reports Michael told a staffer at high-end retail store the other day that he was thinking of buying a house in Las Vegas. Jacko did buy a $27,000 sarcophagus, an exact replica of the gold-plated burial casket that was found in King Tut’s tomb while he was in the shop.
Michael Jackson Is Accessible To Fans In Vegas
August 26, 2002 – Norm Clarke of The Las Vegas Review Journal reports Michael showed up at Forum Shops at Caesars seven times in 10 days. Jackson interacted with the large crowds he drew, unlike past appearances. At one point, he started singing along with in-store music and told the crowd, “I love the oldies.”
Michael Jackson Blocks 11-Year-Old’s Song Release
August 24, 2002 – The Sun reports Michael has banned an 11-year-old Brit from releasing his debut single ‘Party Starter’, claiming the chorus sounded too much like his ’80s hit ‘Wanna Be Startin’ Something’. Mc Alfie was due to release the track this month, but reworked the tune for an October release.
Simon Cowell’s Gloves Are Off In First Extra Segment
August 22, 2002 – Simon Cowell weighed in on the contestants and judges on Tuesday’s ‘American Idol’ saying before the departure of Tamyra Gray, “Tamyra comes out with a song which is apparently a menopausal commercial or something, a Patti Labelle song.” He also bashed Justin Guarini’s “horrible impersonation of Michael Jackson” and laid into fellow judge Paula Abdul. Simon even puffed on a cigarette to close his critique.