The One Video Music Award Worth Caring About

Sources: Slate – By Aisha Harris| All Things Michael

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It’s probably safe to say that no one cares about the awards that are actually handed out at the VMAsas much as Kanye West does—and certainly few of us outside the pop music industry care at all. Like the BET Awards, the VMAs are an excuse to corral the biggest pop stars of the moment inside one room and watch them provide career-defining performances and crazy, unexpected moments. The awards themselves are an afterthought. Do you remember who won the purported biggest award of the night, Video of the Year, 20 years ago? Do you care? (Aerosmith, for “Cryin’,” if you’re curious.)

But on Sunday, Beyoncé will join an exclusive club that includes David Byrne, Madonna, and Guns N’ Roses when she’s awarded the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award—the one VMA worth caring about. Sure, it’s not an EGOT, but it is kind of a big deal, and something that the entertainer should genuinely be proud of. In a ceremony full of forgettablehighly dubious awards, the Video Vanguard Award (sometimes referred to as the Lifetime Achievement Award) is the one VMA honor that MTV usually gets right—and that feels, even years later, at least a little bit momentous.

The award is meant to celebrate “forerunners in the music video sphere,” and MTV is legitimately the definitive arbiter on such matters. And their track record with the Vanguard has reinforced their authority: The first recipients of the award, in 1984, were the Beatles and Richard Lester, for the trailblazing A Hard Day’s Night, and David Bowie, for his groundbreaking films from the late ’60s and ’70s. In the years that followed, a range of pop culture icons have received the award, among them Polish filmmaker Zbigniew Rybczyński, Janet Jackson, Peter Gabriel, and the Beastie Boys. (It helps that MTV is selective about handing out the honor: Five Vanguard-less years went by between 2006 and 2011.)

The Video Vanguard Award stands out among other career-based awards—like, say, the Academy Honorary Award—because it honors its recipients long before the end of their lives, while their work is still vital. Madonna and Michael Jackson won in 1986 and 1988, respectively, and while they had already become genuine innovators in the genre, some of their best and most iconic work was yet to come. The same can likely be said of Beyoncé: Even with 15 years of solid stardom behind her, she’s as culturally relevant as ever and shows no signs of slowing down.

Does MTV present the award just so otherwise-hard-to-get superstars will show up and perform? That’s probably a factor—last year’s ’N Sync reunion, for instance, might have hinged on MTV deciding to give Timberlake the honor. But that doesn’t really matter. MTV has still been judicious with their choices. And who doesn’t want to see yet another iconic VMA performance from Beyoncé? I’m sure Kanye West is interested. So am I.

Read more at Slate

 

 

Michael Jackson Dance Workshop

Sources: Culture Shock Dance Center | All Things Michael

10339343_10152305151523848_5611427738678812119_oCelebrate The King Of Pop’s Birthday with DEV as Michael Jackson. Learn MJ’s iconic moves, kicks, spins footwork and of course The Moonwalk!

A dance class like no other, Dev will inspire attendees to push their own boundaries, learn about working with energy in the body and experience true passion for dance, just as Michael did.

About the Instructor

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Devra Gregory has been a professional Michael Jackson celebrity impersonator for over 15 years. www.DEVasMJ.com

Dev’s first career as a dancer took her to Aruba performing for a Las Vegas based female impersonator show as a backup dancer. She learned the art of impersonating Michael, and now works extensively for private and corporate events. Her one woman show “Woman in the Mirror, A Dancer’s Journey” won a Bravo Award for best solo performance in 2012.

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Cirque du Soleil Is Set To Dance And Fly With Michael Jackson In Mexico

Sources: CNN – By Javier Rodriguez Labastida | All Things Michael

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If you ever thought that you could fly with the footsteps of Michael Jackson, you were right, not only can fly, also make the more complicated stunts.

The company Cirque du Soleil is in Mexico for global closure of the show Michael Jackson Immortal World Tour, which pays tribute to the King of Pop style circus.

“It’s the perfect mix between Michael Jackson concert and acrobatics and the show always has you Cirque du Soleil. The join and is an amazing pump energy, lots of dancing and super fun, “says the Puerto Rican dancer Fernando Miro, one of the 49 artists involved including dancers, acrobats, musicians and singers.

“Basically the whole show are singing, enjoying, walked out on stage, we talk with people, to stand, to enjoy with us. There are many things going on, “says the Puerto Rican JMarie also one of the lead singers of the show.

JMarie claims her selection as a singer was “a miracle.” She remembers making a short audition recording using an iPhone to sing, “I Just Cant Stop Loving You,”  in Spanish and English. The next day she received a call to participate in the cast.

“It’s pretty impressive, very emotional. A dream come true. I never in my life thought I was going to sing for someone so big. The difference is that he is not here physically, but to be here celebrating the life and music of Michael gives me a lot of emotion,” she adds.

The show in honor of Michael Jackson is one of the biggest organized the Canadian company Cirque du Soleil, which has also assembled tributes to The Beatles and Elvis Presley.

It debuted in 2011, two years after the death of the King of Pop and came to Mexico for the first time in 2012 now returned to close definitively the tour visited 300 cities on five continents.

To dress the 49 artists on stage 250 costumes are used, in which the team worked to design the costumes for This is it, the tour that Michael was preparing when he died in California in June 2009.

“It’s the greatest show in costumes of Cirque du Soleil. It has many rapid changes, “said Nuria, costume coordinator.

For mounting the stage were required 100 workers and more than 10 hours.

The show is presented from 20 to 24 August at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City and will have a final date on August 28 in the Arena VFG in Guadalajara.

Read more at CNN

Note: This article was translated from Spanish to English by All Things Michael via Google.

“Invincible: A Glorious Tribute To Michael Jackson” Birthday Celebration

Source: Freeman Stage | All Things Michael

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Join us as we celebrate the King of Pop’s birthday and present a thrilling theatrical experience with an emotional connection to Michael Jackson’s essence! Featuring the early moments with his brothers to his stratospheric rise to become one of the greatest entertainers of all time! This multi-media spectacular includes Michael Jackson’s greatest hits: “Billie Jean,” “Beat It,”,”Thriller,” “Smooth Criminal,” and more! This exhilarating performance includes a world-class dance company, Grammy Award-Winning vocalists and musicians, master percussionists and video jockeys. You will not want to miss this incredible show!

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To better accommodate your needs, The Freeman Stage requests that all inquiries for accessible seating ticket accommodations for assigned seating events be directed to our representatives. Please contact a Freeman Stage representative for further help with your ticket purchase. Please call 302-436-3015 anytime between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, for assistance. Ticket availability is limited.

When: Friday, August 29, 2014 at 8:00 PM

$25 all ages. Seating is provided and assigned. ALL SECTIONS ARE CHAIRS ON THE LAWN

Where: The Freeman Stage at Bayside, 31750 Lake View Drive, Selbyville, DE 19975 Google Maps

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David Guetta Regrets Not Getting Michael Jackson Collaboration

Sources: Contact Music | All Things Michael

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The super-DJ has worked with many of the biggest names in pop, including Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Kelly Rowland, Snoop Dogg and Usher, but he admits his dream collaboration would have been with the late King of Pop, who died in June 2009.

Guetta said: ”It would have been awesome to work with Michael Jackson, but therefore it’s too late now.”

The 46-year-old producer is one of the most successful DJs in the world and is wanted by the globe’s top pop stars to create hits for them.

Guetta insists the reason he is so successful is because he works hard in the studio and tours constantly.

When asked what the secret of his success is, the ‘Titanium’ hitmaker said: ”To be honest I think the whole work ethic is the secret of my success. If you ask me what is the secret behind my hits (songs), I have to say I have no idea. At the moment I work on my new album and tear my hair out, because I can’t reckon, If a song is going to be a hit or not. It’s crazy that people think I would have a recipe, but I haven’t. Live would be so much easier with a recipe like that.”

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Beat In The Creek Gets A ‘Thriller’

Sources: Battle Creek Enquirer – By Annie J. Kelley| All Things Michael

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When Leon Whittington was 7, he was fascinated with the youngest member of the Jackson 5.

Like his six brothers and five sisters, the Jacksons were a performing family and Whittington found he could imitate the young Michael Jackson.

“Me being the baby of the family, I just soaked up everything like a sponge,” he said. “Ever since I was a kid, that’s all I remember ever wanting to do was perform.”

That desire has taken him across the country and around the world. Leila Arboretum will be his next stop, where he will perform in the Children’s Garden for Beat in the Creek on Saturday.

The music festival features five acts this year, including blues vocalist Ms. Cubie and saxophonist Gary Jobe.

Barbecued ribs will be for sale as part of the yearly cook-off competition. The event is run by PheNix Concepts.

Whittington is bringing his impersonation act to the event. Over the years, he’s developed not only Jackson but Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Cher, Elvis, Bruno Mars and others.

“He sounds just like them when he sings,” Gerald Foster said.

Foster helped organize the event this year, but he’ll also be performing with his band Quiet Storm (“smooth jazz with a social kick”).

Not only does Whittington sing like the pop artists, but he’s got the moves down, too. He says he dances excessively, if not perfectly.

“But I do give you the impression with every act that I’m trying to impersonate, I have their signature moves,” he said. “I practice their mannerisms, the way they handle themselves on stage, the camaraderie between the audience and the musician.”

He talks with the audience, gets to know them and tries to get them to laugh.

And then there are the outfits. After Michael Jackson died, Whittington put together a tribute show called “Thriller.” He has several of the iconic costumes associated with the King of Pop.

While Jackson is his specialty, Whittington will perform a little bit of everything from his repertoire for Beat in the Creek.

He’s played everywhere from Disneyland to Japan, but Whittington laughed about the one thing Battle Creek is famous for: “You all sure do make some good cornflakes!”

Whittington will be in a good mood for the event, too: A week after Beat in the Creek, he’s going down to Atlanta to marry his childhood sweetheart. They dated in the sixth grade, until they stopped attending the same school and lost touch.

When Whittington found her again this past spring, it was meant to be. After 40 years, the smitten musician found his own simple melody.

If you go

WHAT: Beat in the Creek.
WHEN: 4 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
WHERE: Leila Arboretum, 928 W. Michigan Ave.
COST: $17 in advance, $20 at the gate.
INFO: Tickets available at Mildred’s Boutique, 15 W. Michigan Ave.; 274-9418 or 209-4844.

Read more at Battle Creek Enquirer

 

Captain EO Re-opens Part-Time In October And November – Disneyland Paris

Source: Magic DPL | All Things Michael

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After ‘temporary closure’ all summer, the 3D cinema attraction: Captain EO is confirmed to be opening on certain dates in October and November 2014.

Disneyland Paris’ official closure schedule shows that Captain EO will open between Thursday to Sunday every week in October and November and will also be open during the full school half-term week, which is the last week of October into November. This does of course mean that when it is not the half term week, Captain EO will be closed every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

The announcement comes as a surprise to the many of us who had assumed that Captain EO was ‘temporarily closed’ for good. It seems odd that the attraction hasn’t opened for the busy summer period, and prior to that it was only on part-time opening as well.

Captain EO is a 3D cinema experience starring the late Michael Jackson, and can be found in Discoveryland. The attraction was originally launched in 1987 in California’s Disneyland and operated in the same spot as today in Disneyland Paris between 1992 and 1998. After this time the attraction was replaced world-wide with a newer 3D film – ‘Honey I Shrunk the Audience’. However, after Michael Jackson’s death a group of fans began a campaign for Disney to reintroduce Captain EO to the parks as a tribute to Michael Jackson – being that ‘Honey I Shrunk the Audience’ was getting a little old by this point, Disney agreed, and in 2010 Captain EO returned to Disneyland Paris, among other parks.

Disney have made it clear that they will not be making any more 3D films of this type because 3D films are so readily available in domestic cinemas now, and Disney wants to create unique experiences which cannot be had elsewhere. Because of this, it isn’t clear what will happen to the cinema venue in Discoveryland when Captain EO does inevitably close for good.

 

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See It First: Historic ‘Motown 25′ Special Coming On DVD

Source: Yahoo – Billy Johson | All Things Michael

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For the first time ever, the iconic 1983 television special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever in which Michael Jackson debuted the moonwalk will be available on DVD. Produced by StarVista Entertainment/Time Life in conjunction with de Passe Jones Entertainment and Berry Gordy’s West Grand Media, the disc is now available for pre-order.

In addition to featuring the classic Jackson moment, the six-disc set also includes performances from Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, the Miracles, the Supremes, Jackson 5, The Temptations, Four Tops, and more. The package also boasts 14 hours of bonus footage – an additional 20 minutes of the broadcast, never-before-seen Marvin and Stevie rehearsal footage, and 25 exclusive interviews with performers and key production members.

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Get a preview of the set in an exclusive first look at the trailer, exclusively on Yahoo Music.

Executive producer Suzanne de Passe is happy the historic event is now documented on DVD. “Motown 25 was a labor of love for me and many others at Motown Records,” she said in a statement. “I’m thrilled the show is being released to DVD for the first time, allowing fans both new and old to experience this magical, musical night in many different ways.”

 

See Trailer here