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1980:

Arizona Hall Of Fame:
Michael was honoured with an award for Top Male vocalist in the Arizona Hall of Fame.

American Music Awards:
January 18 -- Michael attends the 7th American Music Awards held at the ABC-TV Studios, Hollywood, California. He receives three awards for 'Off The Wall' and he presents one to the Bee Gees. Michael also paid tribute to Berry Gordy who was honoured with a "Distinguished Merit" award.

Dressed in his trademark tux with a sequined shirt, Michael took home the awards for Favorite Soul/R&B Male Artist, Favorite Soul/R&B Album for 'Off The Wall', and Favorite Soul/R&B Single for 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough'.

American Music Awards (18-01-1980)

NAACP Image Awards:
January 27 -- Michael attends the 12th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California. The Jacksons won the Best Singing Group of the Year award and Michael for Best Actor in 'The Wiz'.

Grammy Awards:
February 27 -- At the Shrine Auditorium is Los Angeles Michael was awarded his first Grammy at the 22th annual Grammy Awards as a solo performer in the category Best R&B Vocal Performance - Male for 'Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough'.

Michael boycotts the Grammy Awards because 'Off The Wall' was not nominated for best album of the year. He watches the ceremony at home with Katherine, Janet & LaToya. He wins his first Grammy but vows that his next album won’t be ignored…

Hollywood Boulevard Star (03-09-1980)Hollywood Walk of Fame:
September 3 -- In recognition of their contribution to music, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honour The Jacksons with a Star on Hollywood Boulevard's 'Walk of Fame' and Michael receives an award for his four Top 10 singles from 'Off The Wall' from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

American Black Achievement Award:
November 14 -- American Black Achievement Award presented by Ebony magazine to Michael Jackson, he got the award for his continuing musical genius and for his album 'Off The Wall'. Michael was not present that evening.

The award was signed by Ebony's editor John H. Johnson.

Billboard Magazine Year End Charts:
December -- Billboard magazine ranks Michael's album 'Off The Wall' and his singles on six of their year end charts. Michael takes the most coveted place as number 1 Top Black Artist of The Year, number 1 Black Album Of The Year ('Off The Wall'), number 2 Top Pop Male Artist Of The Year, number 3 Top Pop Album Of The Year ('Off The Wall'), number 2 Top Black Single Of The Year ('Rock With You') and number 4 Top Pop Single Of The Year ('Rock With You').

Cashbox Magazine Awards:
December 27 -- Michael won a accolade for his Soul Album of the Year, 'Off The Wall' at the Cash Box year end charts.

1981:

Cashbox Magazine Awards:
Michael won a accolade for his Soul Album of the Year, 'Off The Wall'.

Scotty Award:
Michael Jackson received the first Scotty Award for his album 'Off The Wall'. Just the quality for a Scotty he had to go Gold or Platinum by RIAA standarts and he had to master on Scotch Recording Tape.

NAACP Image Awards:
January -- The Jacksons receive the NAACP's Image Award for Best Singing Group Of The Year for the second successive year.

American Music Awards:
January 30 -- Michael attends the 8th American Music Awards held at the ABC-TV Studios, Hollywood, California. He accepts the award for Favourite Soul Album - 'Off The Wall' - from Peaches and Herb along with Larry Grant. He also accepts the award for Favourite Soul Male from Bonny Pointer and sister, LaToya. At this event, Michael pays tribute to Chuck Berry along with his fellow artists.

American Music Awards (30-01-1981)

British Phonographic Record Industry Awards:
February -- Michael won a award for the 'Off The Wall' album upon the 1st Annual British Phonographic Record Industry Awards (Brit's).

Billboard Magazine Year End Charts:
December 12 -- Billboard magazine's end of year chart shows The Jacksons ranking in four categories: number 10 Top Black Album ('Triumph'), number 10 Top Black Artist, number 4 Top Dance Artist and number 4 Top Audience Response for the hit single ('Can You Feel It').

1983:

BMI Awards:
Michael was honoured by the BMI Awards with 'Pop Songwriter of the Year'.

Rolling Stone:
Michael won eight times at the Rolling Stone Poll, 4 at the Readers Poll and 4 at the Critics Poll:

Readers Poll - #1 Artist of the Year
Readers Poll - #1 Soul Artist
Readers Poll - #1 Video - 'Beat It'
Readers Poll - #1 Producer (with Quincy Jones)
Critics Poll - #1 Artist of the Year
Critics Poll - #1 Video - 'Beat It'
Critics Poll - #1 Male Vocalist
Critics Poll - #1 Soul Artist

International Awards:
As an international artist, Jackson has won twelve awards from 8 different countries.

Album Of The Year - U.K., Japan, Australia, Holland
Artist Of The Year - U.K., Italy, Japan
International Artist Of The Year - Brazil
Record Of The Year - Greece
Best Male Vocalist - Japan
Most Important Foreign Album - Spain
Single Of The Year - Australia

Telegatto Award:
Michael Jackson was named 'Artist Of The Year' and received a Telegatto Award from Shirley Brooks, PR-manager de CBS Records in his hometown Hayvenhurst in Encino California.

Thriller Gold Record (Swiss Award):
'Thriller' 1983 Swiss Gold Award for the Sale of more than 25,000 copies in Switzerland, presented to Michael and belonged to him as it was hung in his office's walls at the Recording Studio on Hayvenhurst, in Encino California, Los Angeles.

Thriller Gold Record (Swiss_Award) (1983)

Billboard Music Awards:
March 5 -- Michael was honoured with an award for his achievement of being No.1 with 'Billie Jean'. He was further honoured at the end of 1983 by topping 12 categories (the final one being joint for 'Billie Jean' & 'Beat It'.

Pop Artist of the Year
Black Artist of the Year
Pop Album - 'Thriller'
Pop Album Artist
Pop Singles Artist
Pop Male Album Artist
Pop Male Singles Artist
Black Album Artist
Black Album - 'Thriller'
Black Singles Artist
Dance/Disco Artist
Dance/Disco 12" LP - 'Billie Jean' & 'Beat It'

Black Radio Exclusive Awards (09-1983)Black Radio Exclusive Awards:
September -- Black Radio Exclusive present Michael with their Artist Of The Year award at the Hyatt Regency, Los Angeles, California.

Cashbox Magazine Awards:
September -- In the Annual Awards Special Edition Edition of Cashbox magazine, Michael was voted number one in eight different categories:

Top Male Artist
Top Pop Single - 'Billie Jean'
Top Male Singles Artist
Top Black Album: 'Thriller'
Top Pop Album: 'Thriller'
Top Black Male Artist
Top Black Male Singles Artist
Top Black Single - 'Billie Jean'

Billboard Video Awards:
November 26 -- 'Beat It' wins in five categories at the Billboard Video Awards held in Pasadena, California.

Best Performance by a Male Artist
Best Overall Video - 'Beat It'
Best Choreography - 'Beat It'
Best Use Of Video To Enhance Artist's Song - 'Beat It'
Best Use Of Video To Enhance Artist's Image - 'Beat It'

Billboard Magazine Year End Charts:
December 14 -- Billboard magazine's end of year chart shows four Michael songs ranking in the Top 20 Best Selling Singles of the Year.

'Billie Jean' (2), 'Say, Say, Say' (4), 'Beat It' (8), 'The Girl Is Mine' (20).

1984:

Bobby Poe Convention (1984)Bobby Poe Convention:
Michael was honored as the first recipient of "The Neil Bogart Memorial Award", presented by Bobby Poe at the annual Bobby Poe Convention. The Bobby Poe Convention was put on for 25 years by Bobby Poe's "Pop Music Survey", a radio and record industry tips heet.

Canadian Black Music Awards:
At the height of 'Thriller' mania in 1984 the awards just kept coming. Michael won a four at the Canadian Black Music Awards.

Top Male Vocalist
Entertainer of the Year
Top International Album -' Thriller'
Top International Single - 'Billie Jean'

Goldene Europa Awards:
Ola Ray accepted an award for the 'Thriller' video on Michael's behalf at the oldest German Television award for artists and entertainers.

Hotel Royal Plaza:
Presentation Casement - 37 Gold & Platinum Discs.

JB Awards - Most Popular Artist Of The Year On Jukeboxes:
The years 1983 and 1984 were highly productive for Michael Jackson. His hard work and creativity paid off for both the artist and many others within the music industry. Three "JB Awards" were presented to Michael by the Amusement and Music Operators Association in celebration of the success of singles 'Billie Jean,' 'Thriller,' and for 'The Most Popular Artist' on Jukeboxes in America.

JB Awards (1983-1984)

United Kingdom: Presentation Casement Of Platinum Disc 1985:
Presented in the U.K. for the 'Thriller' album.

Black Gold Awards:
January 11 -- At the first annual Black Gold Awards, produced by Dick Clark, Michael Jackson wins in four categories:

Top Male Vocalist
Best Video Performance 'Beat It'
Beat Single Record of The Year 'Billie Jean'
Best Album Of The Year 'Thriller'

Michael accepted his awards by pre-recorded tape. Father Joe, Mother Katherine and sister Janet were in the audience. Michael was not present that evening but give the speech live from his home in Encino.

American Music Awards:
January 16 -- Michael wins an unprecedented eight awards at the 11th American Music Awards, broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles with date Brooke Schields and Emmanuel Lewis.

Michael wins:

Special Award Of Merit - Michael Jackson (youngest artist to receive this award)
Favourite Album Pop/Rock - 'Thriller'
Favourite Album Soul/R&B - 'Thriller'
Favourite Pop Single - 'Billie Jean'
Favourite Pop Video - 'Beat It'
Favourite Soul Video - 'Beat It'
Favourite Pop/Rock Male Vocalist
Favourite Soul Male Vocalist

American Music Awards (16-01-1984)

Crystal Globe Awards:
February -- Michael receives a Crystal Globe Award for record sales exceeding five million units outside the US, Michael's companion at the ceremony is Brooke Shields.

American Video Awards:
February -- 'Thriller' gained Michael two awards at the 2nd annual American Video Awards, Best Long Form Video and Best Home Video.

Guinness Book Of World Records:
Guinness Book Of World Records (07-02-1984)February 7 -- Best Selling Album Of All Time - 'Thriller'

Michael, along with 15,000 invited guests attend the New York Metropolitan Museum of National History to receive awards from CBS and The Guinness Book Of World Records.

To date 'Thriller' has sold over 25 million copies worldwide -more then any other album in recording history. Michael was presented with the first edition of the 1984 paperback version of The Guinness Book Of World Records, which he receives from Norris McWhirter. Michael's date for the night was Brooke Shields.

Michael Jackson Day Proclamation, 1984:
February 7 -- Michael was honoured with the Michael Jackson Day Proclamation by the Borough Of Manhattan Of New York.

Brit Awards:
February 21 -- Jackson was in the spotlight as a double winner for Best International Solo Artist and Best International Album ('Thriller') upon the 4th Annual British Phonographic Record Industry Awards (Brit's) held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

Grammy Awards:
February 28 -- Just one month after the accident, Michael had recovered well enough to enjoy his big win at the 26th annual Grammy Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, taking away a total of eight trophies for the 'Thriller', including the coveted Record of the Year that had eluded 'Off The Wall'.

Michael attended the ceremony with two dates: Brooke Shields, a close friend who had also been his date at the American Music Awards a month earlier, and child actor Emmanuel Lewis, star of the sitcom Webster, who was a few weeks shy of thirteen, but looked much younger.

Michael receives a record breaking 12 nominations and a record breaking 8 Grammy awards - the most won by an artist in one year.

Album Of The Year - 'Thriller'
Record Of The Year - 'Beat It'
Best Male Pop Performance - 'Thriller'
Producer Of The Year (with Quincy Jones) - 'Thriller'
Best Male Rock Vocal Performance - 'Beat It'
Best Male R&B Vocal Performance - 'Billie Jean'
Best New R&B Song - 'Billie Jean'
Best Recording For Children - 'E.T. The Extra Terrestrial' Album (narration by Michael Jackson)

Grammy Awards (28-02-1984)

People's Choice Awards:
March 15 -- At the 10th Annual People's Choice Awards Michael won two awards, for the Best All Around Entertainer Of The Year and Favourite Video of the Year ('Thriller').

Rolling Stone Magazine's Readers Poll:
April -- 'Rolling Stone' magazine's Readers' Poll nominate Michael as their Number 1 Artist, Number 1 Soul Artist, Number 1 Producer (with Quincy Jones), and choose 'Beat It' as their Number 1 Video.

The Critics' Poll votes him: Number 1 Artist, Number 1 Male Vocalist, Number 1 Soul Artist and choose 'Billie Jean' as their Number 1 Video.

NARM (National Association Of Recording Merchandisers):
April 26 -- Michael wins the NARM Gift of Music Award for the Best Selling Album ('Thriller'), Best Selling Single ('Billie Jean') and Best Home Video ('Making Of Thriller'). It was the first time in the history of the awards that this has happened.

Blues & Soul:
May 8 -- Michael won 2 Blues & Soul magazine awards that were accepted for him by brother Jermaine. When the poll winners announced in Blues & Soul Jermaine thanked he magazine on his behalf.

Special Achievement Award (14-05-1984)Presidential Special Achievement Award (US):
May 14 -- The 'Presidential Special Achievement Award' presented at the White House by President Ronald Reagan to Michael Jackson in recognition of his contribution to the nation's campaign against drunk driving - Michael's song 'Beat It' was run in the ads.

The inscription on the plaque reads: "To Michael Jackson with appreciation for the outstanding example you have set for the youth of America and the world. Your historic record-breaking achievements and your pre-eminence in popular music are a tribute to your creativity, dedication, and great ability.

The generous contribution of your time and talent to the National Campaign Against Teenage Drunk Driving will help million or young Americans learn that drinking and driving can kill a friendship."

Ebony Magazine Award:
May 17 -- Fashion Foundation Of America (FFA) "America's Best Dressed Man" Award and 43rd annual survey of custom tailors and designers name Michael Jackson, President Ronald Reagan and The Archbishop of New York as America's best dressed men in May.

NAACP National Voter Registration Drive Honorary Co-Chairmen:
July 4 -- The NAACP announces that Michael Jackson and his brothers have been named honorary co-chairmen of the civil rights organization's National Voter Registration Drive. Registration booths will be set up outside Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, venue of the tour's opening concert.

NAACP Image Awards (06-07-1984)NAACP Image Awards:
July 6 -- While on the road with the Victory tour, Michael and Tito accept the NAACP's Dr. H. Claude Hudson Medal of Freedom Award and the 1984 Olympic Medal of Friendship Award on behalf of the entire Jackson Family.

Pride Patrol Plaque:
August 1 -- Michael Jackson is honored with a plaque and T-shirt for his work with the National Youth Movement's "Pride Patrol" program at the Hemsley Hotel in New York City, NY. The award was in recognition of The Jacksons helping kids who couldn't afford a ticket, the chance to earn one through the Pride Patrol.

Key To The City of Pontiac:
August 17 -- Michael Jackson was bestowed with the honor of receiving a Key to the City of Pontiac, Michigan while the Jacksons were enjoying the success of the Victory Tour.

A silver-toned key dominates the faux-wood presentation, and bears a small silver engraved plate with the words "Michael Jackson, Victory Tour, August 1984, Mayor Wallace E. Holland, City of Pontiac."

MTV Awards (First Annual MTV Video Awards):
September 14 -- At the first annual MTV Video Awards show, Michael's 'Thriller' video wins awards in three separate categories including Best Overall Performance, Best Choreography and the highly coveted Viewer's Choice Award. Michael does not attend the presentation.

New West minister Police Department Honorary Member:
November 18 -- Michael Jackson was made an honorary member of the New West minister Police Department while in British Columbia, Canada. Appointed PC 49, he swears as a police constable to 'serve the Queen and cause the peace to be kept and preserved'.

Hollywood Walk of Fame Star - Michael Jackson:
November 20 --With Star No. 1,793 in front Mann's Chinese Theatre, Michael becomes the first celebrity to have two different stars dedicated to him, having received one as a member of The Jacksons in the 70's and 80's.

About 6,000 fans turned out for the presentation, the largest crowd to ever attend such a presentation. Michael appeared at the unveiling of the star for a full 3 minutes, then he was advised by security to leave as the crowd grew out of control.

When Michael mounted the podium, with his mother Katherine, father Joe and Hollywood honorary Mayor Johnny Grant, he waved to the crowd with his gloved hand and delivered a speech of five words:
"Thank you very, very much!"

Hollywood Walk of Fame Star - Michael Jackson (20-11-1984)

The Sun (U.K. Newspaper):
December -- Michael wins three polls in the British newspaper, The Sun for: Best Male Singer, Best Video ('Thriller') and Best Album.

The World Almanac And Book Of Facts 1985:
December -- Michael was voted 1984's ‘Hero Of Young America’ by a poll of 4,000 teenagers which gains him an entry in ‘The World Almanac And Book Of Facts 1985'.

Billboard Magazine Year End Charts:
December 14 -- Billboard magazine's year and end charts rank Michael in the following categories: number 1 Pop Album ('Thriller'), number 2 Black Album, number 2 Top Pop Artist, number 3 Top Single ('Say, Say, Say') and number 6 Top Black Artist.

1985:

Playboy Music Hall Of Fame Medallion (1985)Playboy Music Hall Of Fame Medallion:
Michael was honoured with a ‘Playboy Music Poll Winner’ medallion, the inscription of the silver metal medallion read ‘Playboy Music Hall Of Fame Michael Jackson.

Grammy Awards:
February 26 -- The 27th annual Grammy Awards were held at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, Michael wins in the category Best Home Video for The Making Of 'Thriller'. Michael does not attend the presentations.

American Video Awards:
March -- 'The Making Of Michael Jackson’s Thriller' wins two awards at the 3rd annual American Video Awards in the categories: Best Long Form Video and Best Home Video. Rebbie Jackson accepts the awards on Michael’s behalf.

Key To The City (Perth):
October 19 -- Michael receives the Key to the City of Perth by Lord Mayor, Mr Mick Michaels for his participation in Telethon.

Bozo Award:
November 30 -- Michael was given a Bozo award for revitalizing the glove industry, of which he had brought back in to fashion in his TV and tour performances.

The name fort the award came from 'Bozo the clown'.

1986:

American Music Awards (27-01-1986)American Music Awards:
January 27 -- Michael arrives half-way through the 13th American Music Awards ceremony held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. He was in company of Elizabeth Taylor where he, Quincy Jones, Lionel Richie and Ken Kragen receive awards for Song Of The Year - 'We Are The World'. At the show’s conclusion, they join many celebrities including Diana Ross, Janet & LaToya.

Grammy Awards:
February 25 -- Michael and Lionel Richie attend the 28th Annual Grammy Awards held at Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles. 'We Are The World' wins four of its six nominations for Song Of The Year, Record Of The Year, Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group and Best Music Video (Short Form).

People's Choice Awards:
March 11 -- Favourite new song at 12th People's Choice Awards was 'We Are The World'. Kenny Rogers accepting the award for 'We Are The World', he was one the stars of the recording.

Lionel Richie nor Michael Jackson are at the People's Choice Awards and they would be here instead of me say Kenny. This award goes to Lionel and Michael for what they did.

Guinness Book Of World Records:
May 12 -- Michael Jackson signed a three-year contract with Pepsi at The Red Parrot in New York City, New York. Michael Jackson's second contract with Pepsi included two commercials and their sponsorship of his solo world tour.

In one of the ballrooms at the Helmsley Palace Hotel, Michael receives a Guinness Book of World Records plaque for having received the largest fee for a product endorsement, a reported $15,000,00 million from Pepsi Cola.

Guinness Book Of World Records (12-05-1986)

1987:

Bravo Magazine Awards:
Michael has won the Silver Otto Award from the popular German Magazine "BRAVO".

Key To The City (Osaka):
September 18 -- Upon performing three sold-out concerts at the Nishinomiya Stadium Michael Jackson receives the Key to the City from Yasushi Oshima, the mayor of Osaka.

Michael Jackson's chimp Bubbles once flew with the singer to Japan, met the mayor of Osaka and the three sat down together for some green tea.

'Thriller' Australian Award:
November -- The 'Thriller' Australian Award was presented to Michael by CBS Records Australia for record breaking sales of 'Thriller' in Australia. It consists of Aboriginal figurative art hand painted in rust, ochre, green, black, and white on bark, custom mounted on rust color matting in a lucite box framing.

Aftanbladet Readers' Poll (12-1987)Aftanbladet Readers' Poll:
December -- Michael received backstage during the Bad tour, the Rockbjörnen award for Best Vocal Artists by readers of Aftonbladet, Sweden's biggest newspaper. The only award of its kind in Scandinavia.

Smash Hits Awards:
December -- ‘Bad’ is voted Best Album and Video by 'Smash Hits' readers and Michael was voted Best Male Vocalist.

1988:

Bravo Magazine Awards:
Michael has won the Golden Otto Award from the popular German Magazine "BRAVO".

Orpheus Award:
MJ was nominated and also won "Orpheus Award", this award was the Austrian version of the Grammy Award.

Billboard Music Awards:
Michael won three awards at the Billboard Music Awards, for Top Black Artist, Outstanding Artist Of The Year, Best Live Show Of 1988.

American Music Awards:
January 25 -- Michael wins one of his two nominations at the 15th American Music Awards ceremony held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. He was awarded for Best Soul/R&B Single ('Bad'). He loses to Paul Simon in the category for Best Pop/Rock Male Vocalist. Michael does not attend the award presentation.

Brit Awards:
February 8 -- Michael receives at the 8th Annual Brit Awards held at the Royal Albert Hall, London an award for being the 'Best Solo International Artist' of 1987. Michael couldn't make the awards ceremony. Michael's speech was recorded on the set of Moonwalker!

United Negro College Fund:
March 10 -- Michael was honoured by the United Negro College Fund as one of their highest contributors, he received an honorary doctor of Humane Letters degree from the president of Fisk University, Henry Ponder, at the 44th Annual United Negro College Fund Awards held at the Sheraton Hotel, NY.

Elizabeth Taylor gives a heartfelt speech honoring her friend Michael Jackson.

He receives their highest honour, the Frederick D. Patterson Award for his continued efforts towards alleviating world hunger, helping terminally ill children and for his inspirational example to the youth of America.

Approximately 2000 people attended the dinner, among them; Frank Dileo, John Branca, Walter Yetnikoff, Elizabeth Taylor, Liza Minnelli, Yoko Ono, Whitney Houston and Michael's mom & dad.

United Negro College Fund (10-03-1988)

Cable Ace Awards:
March 12 -- At the 11th Annual Cable Ace Awards the special “Motown On Showtime: Michael Jackson… The Legend Continues”, executive produced by Motown’s Susanne de Passe and Michael Jackson aired by cable channel Showtime on March 12, 1988, receives the ACA Award for ‘Outstanding Editing in a Musical Special’, Ted Levy and Glenn A. Morgan receiving the award.

Soul Train Awards:
March 30 -- The 2nd Soul Train Music Awards were held at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. Michael received awards for the Best Soul Single Male for 'Bad' and Best R&B Album of the Year for his album 'Bad'. Because he was on tour, he was unable to personally accept the awards.

Key To The City (Chicago) (19-04-1988)Key To The City (Chicago):
April 19 -- Upon performing three sold-out concerts at the Metropolitan Chicago’s Rosemont Horizon Michael Jackson receives the Key to the City from Mayor Eugene Sawyer, who cites the entertainer for his onstage performance and humanitarian philanthropy.

Michael shares his honor backstage with internationally renowned singer/dancer/actress Lola Falana, her waging also a courageous battle against multiple sclerosis.

New York Times Best Seller List:
May 15 -- Michael Jackson made the top of the New York Times best-seller list with his autobiography, 'Moonwalker.'

Guild Hall Party:
July 20 -- Michael was presented with a Sword to commemorate the Bad Tour at the Guildhall party, he is accompanied by then ten year old Jimmy Safechuck.

The Great Medal of the City of Paris:
June 27 and 28 -- Michael Jackson presented two concerts of his Bad Tour at Parc de Prince, Paris (France).
On that occasion the then Prime Minister Jacques Chirac honored Michael with La Grande Medaille de la Ville de Paris.
(Grand Medal of the City of Paris), an honor usually given only to heads of state.

MTV Video Vanguard Award (08-09-1988)MTV Music Video Awards - MTV Video Vanguard Award:
September 8 -- Michael was presented with an Gold "Video Vanguard Award" by Peter Gabriel at the 5th annual MTV Video Music Awards for his seven sold out concerts at the Wembley stadium which gains him another entry in the Guinness Book Of Records.

Peter gabriel presented the award to Michael live via satellite from London, just before one of Michael's performances there.

Wembley Stadium:
September 8 -- Michael Jackson sold out for seven nights at Wembley Stadium, London, England in the summer of 1988. A total of 504,000 people saw Michael perform July 14-16, 22-23, and August 26-27, 1988.

Michael was presented with an award for his seven sold out concerts at the Wembley stadium which earned him another entry into the Guinness Book Of Records.

Forbes Magazine:
September 12 -- The American Forbes magazine lists Michael Jackson as the number one highest-paid entertainer with two-year estimated earnings of $97 million. Jackson takes the title from television star, comedian and pudding spokesman Bill Cosby.

Ebony Magazine:
November -- "Ebony", an American monthly magazine dedicated to the African-American market, rewards Michael Jackson with the special American Black Achievement Award. That same year, his autobiography, 'Moonwalk', makes The New York Time's publication Best Seller List as the number 1 Best Seller of the year.

NAACP Image Awards:
November 11 -- Michael Jackson won the Best Male Artist award and the Best Album award for 'Bad', at the 20th annual NAACP Image Awards.
He was also honored with the "Leonard Carter Humanitarian Award" in recognition of his humanitarian endeavors, during the Image Awards ceremony, celebrating black achievements.

Blues & Soul:
December -- Blues & Soul magazine Reader's Poll names Michael Jackson as the 1988 Outstanding Artist of the Year. The 'Bad' tour was voted as the Best Live Show of 1988.

Smash Hits Awards:
December -- Michael won the award for the 'Best Male Vocalist' at the Smash Hits Awards. Michael couldn't attended the ceremony due to being on the Bad Tour, Michael accepts his award via satellite backstage before one of his Bad Tour shows.

1989:

American Dance Award:
Michael has won the American Dance Award.

BET:
The BET Awards have honoured Jackson for The Success Of the Bad Tour.

Billboard Music Awards:
At the Billboard Music Awards, sponsored by Billboard magazine, Jackson has won the #1 Album-Pop/R&B - 'Bad' award.

Bravo Magazine Awards:
Michael has won the Bronze Otto Award from the popular German Magazine "BRAVO".

British Academy Of Music Awards:
Michael win the British Academy Of Music Awards for Best International Male Artist.

British TV Industry Awards:
The British TV Industry awarded Jackson a "Artist of the Decade" award.

Canadian Music Awards:
Michael won the Teddy Award for ('Leave Me Alone') at the Canadian Music Awards.

Cashbox Magazine Awards:
Cashbox magazine awarded Michael the Video Pioneer Award in recognition of his excellence in the video 'Smooth Criminal'.

CEBA (Creative Excellence in Business Advertising) Award:
An Award from CEBA (Creative Excellence in Business Advertising) presented to Michael as co-executive producer for 'Motown On Showtime Michael Jackson The Legend Continues'.

Critic's Choice Award:
Michael was awarded the Best Video for 'Smooth Criminal' at the Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards, otherwise known as the 'Critics Choice Awards'.

Princes Trust Award:
Michael was honoured with an award (gold microphone) from the Princes Trust for his continued support through his tours and recordings.

Vanity Fair:
Vanity Fair magazine honoured Jackson with the Artist Of The Decade award.

Video Software Dealer Association:
The Video Software Dealer's Association awarded Jackson with an award for Favorite Music Video - 'Moonwalker'.

National Urban Coalition:
January -- The Say Yes To A Youngsters Future program honored Michael in recognition of his efforts to encourage children to natural sciences and awarded him with the National Urban Coalition Artist/Humanitarian Of The Year Award.

American Music Awards (30-01-1989)American Music Awards:
January 30 -- At the 16th American Music Awards, held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, Michael was presented with two special honours, the American Music Awards Of Achievement and the Video Pioneer Award, presented by his friend Eddy Murphy.

Brit Awards:
February 13 --Michael wins two awards at the 9th Annual Brit Awards at the Royal Albert Hall, London for Best Music Video - 'Smooth Criminal', The Four Tops accept the award on behalf of Michael Jackson and Best International Male Artist, Jules Holland & Ken Russell accept the award on behalf of Michael Jackson.

Black Radio Exclusive Awards:
March -- Michael accepts the "Black Radio Exclusive (BRE) Humanitarian Award" at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California, as a recognition for his charitable and humanitarian endeavors during ceremonies held recently at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, California.

One being presented to him by Tatiana Thumbtzen, the girl from the 'Way You Make Me Feel' video and who at once time was romantically linked to him.

People's Choice Awards:
March 12 -- Favourite Music Video at 15th People's Choice Awards is 'Smooth Criminal'.

Soul Train Awards:
April 12 -- Michael attends the 3rd annual Soul Train Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles where he has three nominations.

Michael wins in the categories for Best R&B Urban Contemporary Single By A Male ('Man In The Mirror') and Best R&B Urban Contemporary Music Video ('Man In The Mirror'), and also receives two special awards.

To celebrate his 20th year in show business, he was the third recipient of the prestigious Heritage Award for career achievement, and the first ever recipient of the Sammy Davis Jr. Award for outstanding stage performance.

Eddie Murphy and Elizabeth Taylor present the awards following a tribute to Michael and a taped congratulatory message from Sammy Davis Jr. One of his other awards was presented to Michael by Mike Tyson, who calls him 'The Greatest'.

Soul Train Awards (12-04-1989)

World Music Awards (14-04-1989)World Music Awards:
April 14 -- At the 1st annual World Music Awards show in Monaco, Michael receives an important honor, which was the "Philips Hall Of Fame Award For Special Achievement in Video", presented by singer Whitney Houston via satellite at Jackson’s Neverland Ranch, for his "enormous contribution on the state of the art of video", and his "consistent artistic and technical excellence in all forms of video, and for raising the standard of the art form to new horizons".
He also wins the World Music Video Award for number One Video In The World, 'Dirty Diana'.

Rock Over Europe Awards:
May 3 -- Rock Over Europe was a European award show, the (Dutch) team behind the show 'Countdown' (Veronica) traveled to the home of Michael to hand out the 'Children of the World Video Award'. This prize was awarded by the children of the world.

BRE Awards:
May 8 -- Black Radio Exclusive Awards show honored Michael Jackson as the "Triple Crown Winner for Outstanding Achievement in Pop, Rock and Soul" and the Video of the Year 'Smooth Criminal'.

Forbes Magazine:
September -- The American Forbes magazine lists Michael as the number one highest-paid Entertainer Of The Year with two-year estimated earnings of $125 million.

MTV Music Video Awards:
September 6 -- At the 6th annual MTV Music Video Awards at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, Michael Jackson only won one award for Best Special Effects for 'Leave Me Alone' but Michael not attend the presentations.

Capital Children Museum:
September 22 - On occasion of the 8th Annual Best Of Washington Celebrity Fashion Show and Luncheon, Michael was offered the "Best of Washington 1989 Humanitarian Award" on behalf of Capitol Children Museum, for his efforts in grossing monies for the museum, as well as for his altruistic efforts on improving children’s lives. The event was held at the Sheraton Washington Hotel.

Gardner Street Elementary School (10-10-1989)Gardner Street Elementary School:
October 10 -- Michael goes back to school when he visits Room 8 at the Gardner Street Elementary School in Hollywood, Los Angeles, where he attended sixth grade as a child. The school's auditorium had been recently refurbished to dedicate in his honor, renaming it 'The Michael Jackson Auditorium'. Michael's former 6th grade teacher, Mrs. Gerstin, and Mrs. Rose Fine, his tutor when he was on the road with the Jackson 5, both attended the dedication.

Michael Jackson's homecoming excited Gardner Street Elementary School pupils, who watched as the pop music superstar helped dedicate a remodeled auditorium named in his honor, symbol of then renamed Gardner Street Elementary School from Los Angeles, California.

After several speeches by the school superintendent, PTA representatives, teachers, pupils and parents, Michael's former 6th grade teacher Laura Gerstin introduced Michael and presented him with "Michael Jackson Auditorium"

Following the presentation of the plaque, a very happy student presented Michael with a key to the school. Michael then joined the choir in singing 'We Are The World.' A small crowd then moved outside as Michael unveiled the new letters on the face of the building identifying it as the Michael Jackson Auditorium.

Friday Night Videos:
October 14 - Friday Night Videos features videos by the Greatest Video Artist Of The Decade and declare Michael the Greatest Video Artist Of The Decade.

Arsenio Hall Show - Greatest Video in the History Of Videos Award:
November 16 -- Michael made a brief appearance on the Arsenio Hall Show to present film star and friend Eddie Murphy with an MTV Award, for, Humour God of the 80's. Murphy then did likewise with Michael presenting him with MTV's Award for 'The Greatest Video in the History Of The World'.

MTV aired a special Rate The 80's on December 6th, in which they revealed how viewers had voted in several phone in categories, including their choices for Best Movie, Video, and TV show of the 80's. Viewers phoned in their choices for one month. Michael Jackson had the most nominations with three. 'Thriller' was nominated for the Greatest Video in the HIStory of the World, 'Thriller' was nominated for Really Big Album, and Michael was among the nominees for Mega Artist of the 80's. 'Thriller' was chosen as the Greatest Video in the History of the World with 35% of the vote.

Entertainment Tonight:
December -- Entertainment Tonight names Michael Jackson as the Most Important Entertainer Of The Decade.

Rolling Stone Magazine:
December -- Rolling Stone magazine names 'Thriller' the number one album of the 80's.

MTV Music Video Awards - MTV Video Vanguard Artist Of The Decade Award:
December 23 -- At the 6th annual MTV Video Music Awards on September 6th at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles, dominating the nominations with 9 were videos by none other than Michael Jackson. 'Leave Me Alone' was nominated for Best Video, Best Special Effects, Best Art Direction , Best Editing, Breakthrough Video & the Viewer's Choice Award.

'Smooth Criminal' was nominated for Best Dance, Best Choreography, and Best Cinematography. The outcome was disappointing with the only award for Michael's video going to Jim Blashfield for Best Special Effects for his work on 'Leave Me Alone'. Michael did not attend the award presentation.

Michael was presented with the 'Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Artist of the Decade Award' by Tom Freston and Adam Curry in Los Angeles on December 23rd.

MTV Video Vanguard Artist Of The Decade Award (23-12-1989)

TV Show (U.K.):
December 31 -- Michael Aspel, one of Britain's most popular talk show hosts, presents Michael with a scroll proclaiming him Best Selling Male Singer Of The '80s as part of the Cilla Black ITV Show, Goodbye To The 80's.

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