Michael Jackson was honored at the 2008 NRJ Music Awards in Cannes over the weekend, where the singer taped a special message for the French audience.
“Hello to all my friends in France. Though I couldn’t be there in person tonight to accept this prestigious award, I’m so happy to have a chance to send this message to let all my French fans know how much your support has meant throughout the years. It’s hard to believe that 25 years ago, Quincy Jones and I embarked on an album named ‘Thriller’. To be able to say that ‘Thriller’ still holds the record as the biggest selling album of all time is just mind blowing. I have you my fans throughout the world to thank for this achievement. Thought this award honors me tonight for my lifetime achievements, there is still much more to come from Michael Jackson. My passion for music has never stopped, and for those who don’t know, I’ve been in the studio recording ‘Thriller’ 25th Anniversary album, with a lot of special surprise guests. It’s my hope that ‘Thriller’ continues to live on for each new generation to discover. So thank you TF1 and NRJ for this very special award. It means so much to me to be honored by you, and thank you to the fans. I love you from the bottom of my heart and I hope to see you very soon. I love you, god bless.”
YouTube has since removed the video.