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Michael Receives MTV Japan’s Legend Award, At The MTV Japan Video Music Awards. 27-05-'06

MTV Video Music Awards Japan (27-05-2006)Michael receives MTV Japan’s Legend Award, at the MTV Japan Video Music Awards ceremony at Tokyo’s Yoyugi Olympic Stadium for his record-breaking career in the music industry. Michael has sold over 100,000,000 albums in Japan.

On arrival at the stadium, he is greeted by hundreds of fans braving the pouring rain, holding signs such as ‘We love you, Michael’ and ‘Welcome to Japan’. His spokesperson Raymone Bain accompanies him up the red carpet as Michael acknowledges fans and reporters before being ushered into the ceremony. He is introduced to an adoring crowd by the presenters as the King of Pop, the King of Rock and the King of Soul.

Michael gives a peace sign to fans while walking on stage to accept the award and a little overwhelmed by the admiration he receives he says:
“First I’d like to say thank you MTV Japan, it’s a great honor, but most of all I’d like to say to the Japanese people from the bottom of my heart, I love you very, very much. I promised myself when I came up here I wouldn’t get emotional because I think you are very sweet, generous and kind people, and from the bottom of my heart I thank you. I thank the fans around the world and the fans in Japan. I thank my children, Prince, Paris and Blanket, for being here for me and I love them very much and I say thank you to all the people that believe in me and I believe in you and I love you very much. Thank you so, so much.”

Source: MJWN / Billie Jean


Michael Escorts Dame Elizabeth Taylor To 'A Musical Celebration'. 26-05-'00

Michael escorts his best friend Dame Elizabeth Taylor to ‘A Musical Celebration’ – A Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The pair arrive on the night arm in arm and stop briefly to pose for a few pictures before heading inside. They sit in a private box on a first tier balcony and Michael stays at Elizabeth’s side the entire evening.

The event boasts a wide variety of musical genres. Performers taking part in the tribute include Tony Bennett, Jamiroquai, Reba McEntire, and Andrea Bocelli to whom Michael and Elizabeth are seen to give a standing ovation after his performance. Between performances, a giant screen showed clips from some of Elizabeth's greatest movies.

At the end of the show Elizabeth takes the stage to address the crowd. After giving her speech, Michael dressed in a long black tailored coat embroidered with a gold crest across the front and with black trousers joins her on stage. Though he doesn’t perform, he presents Dame Elizabeth Taylor with a large bouquet of white flowers and gives her a big hug.

He was very respectful of the fact that this was Elizabeth's night and he was obviously very proud of his friend.

All proceeds from the tribute concert will go towards the Red Hot AIDS Charitable Trust and the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.

A Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor (26-05-2000)
Michael Jackson escorts Elizabeth Taylor to 'A Musical Celebration - A Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor' at the Royal Albert Hall.

Source: Billie Jean


Michael has Married Lisa Marie Presley (26-05-1994)Michael Jackson And Lisa Marie Presley Got Married. 26-05-'94

The couple found themselves in each other's company back in 1975 when Presley attended one of Jackson's family engagements at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino where they were reconnected by a mutual friend.

According to Presley's friend; " their adult friendship began in November 1992 in L.A."

The reportedly stayed in touch every day over telephone. Around the time that the accusations began against Jackson, Presley supported him through this time, she said; "I believed he didn't do anything wrong and that he was wrongly accused and yes I started falling for him. I wanted to save him. I felt that I could do it." She was apparently the one who encouraged him to go into rehabilitation to recover.

He proposed to her over the phone in 1993; "If I asked you to marry me, would you do it?"

They got married in the Dominican Republic in secret and hey supposedly denied tying the knot for two months afterwards. She explained that their marriage was "a married couple's life..... that was sexually active".

Pleading for privacy, Michael’s new wife says they are now looking forward to raising a family, and living a happy life together. The 26 year-old bride said the news was kept secret until now in the hopes of avoiding a media circus and so they could enjoy each other’s company.

Finally on August 1, the famous twosome issued a statement confirming their happily married status. "My married name is Mrs. Lisa Marie Presley-Jackson," the pop princess told the media. "My marriage to Michael Jackson took place in a private ceremony outside the United States weeks ago... I am very much in love with Michael, I dedicate my life to being his wife." The pair was officially public, even sharing an infamously over-the-top kiss at the MTV Video Music Awards that year.

Source: Female First / Billie Jean


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