There are certain events that happen and you remember exactly where you were when you heard the news. The untimely death of Michael Jackson was definitely one of those events. It has been three years since his death, and the anniversary moved Beyonce to write a tribute to him.
In Beyonce’s letter, she thanked the icon for showing her how to evoke emotion and how to cultivate her swag for the audience. Bey wrote, “Michael taught me that sometimes you have to forget technique, forget what you have on.” Beyonce performed the Jackson 5’s “I Wanna Be Where You Are” while auditioning for a record deal with Destiny’s Child.
Check out Beyonce’s Michael Jackson tribute below.
When I was just starting out, my first producer used to make me listen to Michael Jackson’s live performance of “Who’s Loving You.” He would have me watch that for hours back to back to back.
What he wanted me to learn was his soul. You could hear his soul. And he was this little kid who hadn’t experienced love but he was a vessel. For whatever reason he could evoke more emotion than an adult. It was so raw and so pure. It was these little things that he did that were just swag. It’s something that’s God given.
Michael taught me that sometimes you have to forget technique, forget what you have on. If you feel silly, you have to go from the gut just let it go.
Michael Jackson changed me, and helped me to become the artist i am — thank you Michael.