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Michael Jackson News December 2000

Dec. 20, 2000: Michael Attends Charity Concert In New York City

On Tuesday, December 19, 2000 a gorgeous looking Michael Jackson made a surprise appearance at WKTU's "Miracle On 34th Street" concert at New York's Madison Square Garden and sent thousands of concertgoers into hysterics

As part of the grand finale, all performers lined up across the stage and the orchestra started The Jacksons' hit "Shake Your Body [Down To The Ground]".

Michael came out from the wings to wild applause and cheering. Unfortunately, for the crowd, he didn't perform, telling the audience that he had laryngitis, but he did wish everyone happy holidays.

Surprise presenter Whitney Houston jumped up and down and hugged Michael.

Before he left the stage, he promised the packed house, "The best is yet to come!"

The Charity concert feat. performances by Whitney Houston, Marc Anthony, Destiny's Child, Ricky Martin, Christina Aguilera, Brian McKnight, Melanie C, 98 Degrees, Lara Fabian, Gloria Gaynor, Deniece Williams, Jon Secada...Toni Braxton served as emcee for the event.

[source: www.nydailynews.com,]

Dec. 13, 2000: Michael To Be Inducted Into Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame
Great honor for Michael Jackson: On March 19, 2001 he will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame as a Solo Artist. An Induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame is considered one of the highest honors in the music business!!

Rolling Stone Online reported:
While Paul Simon and Michael Jackson had previously found their way into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, via Simon & Garfunkel and the Jackson 5 respectively, next year both men will receive their second induction, this time as solo performers, Rolling Stone publisher Jann Wenner announced Tuesday. Simon and Jackson are joined by an array of Seventies musicians from art-rock [Steely Dan] to hard rock [Aerosmith] to drama rock [Queen]. Fifties rock pioneer Ritchie Valens, the King of Soul Solomon Burke and doo wop legends the Flamingos round out the list of performers that comprise the Rock Hall's class of 2001.

Michael was already inducted along with the rest of the Jackson 5 in 1997.

Entertainment Wire [New York] carried an immediate statement made by a thrilled Jackson:

"I am thrilled and humbled to receive this great honor. I could not ask to be in better company than the list of fellow inductees. Each and every one is a master from whom I have learned. My sincere thanks to the rock and roll historians and experts who have chosen me."

The sixteenth annual induction ceremony for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is set for March 19, 2001 at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City. VH1 will air the ceremony on March 21, 2001.

Musicians become eligible for induction twenty-five years after the release of their first album, and sidemen become eligible twenty-five years after the commencement of their career.

Congratulations, Michael, you truly deserve it!!!!

[source: www.rollingstone.com, Entertainment Wire, www.neverland-valley.com]

Dec. 07, 2000: My Childhood, My Sabbath, My Freedom...
My Childhood, My Sabbath, My Freedom... read the full-lengtht article by Michael Jackson as exclusively released on htp://www.beliefnet.com - Enjoy!!!

Dec. 05, 2000: New Album Release Date !!!
The following article has been taken from Dotmusic:

Michael Jackson has scheduled March 27, 2001 as the release date for his first completely new album in almost ten years, dotmusic can exclusively reveal. The album, which follows the compilations "Blood On The Dance Floor" and "HIStory", will consist of entirely new material, becoming the first full-length Jackson release since "Dangerous" in 1991.

According to dotmusic sources, the album will take a noticeable R&B slant, with a host of big name producers and musicians expected to be involved.

Rodney Jerkins, Terry Riley and R Kelly are all believed to have assisted on desk duties, while Lauryn Hill, Boyz II Men, Babyface, Will Smith, R.Kelly, Wyclef Jean and Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliot have all been mentioned as collaborators.

The album will be made available on a record six formats including CD Super Audio and DVD Audio Album and much of it was recently played back to Sony Music executives in New York.

Jackson explained that those in attendance for the exclusive playback were walking on air from what they heard.

[source: www.dotmusic.com]

Dec. 05, 2000: Michael's Speech At The Angel Ball...
On Thursday, Nov. 30, 2000 Michael Jackson was honored with an Angel of Hope Award at the Angel Ball held in New York. Below the transcript of Michael's introduction as well as his great speech:

N'Sync Members Lance and J.C. introduce Michael:

Thank you. It's great to be here. Actually I'd say it's pretty incredible. And incredible describes our next honoree. This is the part were we are supposed to tell you about the career of our guest of honour, but if you don't know who he is, what planet are you from? He's not only one of the greatest artists of age, a star for the ages is what he really is. His Thriller album is the greatest selling album in the history of the world. And his song 'We Are The World' sold 800,000 copies in 3 days. His records actually set records. As members of a new generation of pop artists we stand before him with the deepest sense of gratitude and humility. He's influenced our musical choices but more importantly he has influenced our personal choices.

No artist does as much to make the world a better place, and no other celebrity is more humble about his good work. What else can I say about him, he's bad, he's a thriller, and he's here. The greatest living recording artist in the world, number one superstar. King of Pop. On behalf of the G & P Foundation it's a great honour to present the Angel of Hope Award to Mr Michael Jackson.

[While Michael walks up on stage he receives a standing ovation, the music to "We Are The World" is played]

Wow, it's incredible. I'm extremely honoured and moved by this gracious award and first and foremost I would like to thank our hostess and my date tonight, Denise, [giggles and smiles sheepishly, the crowd giggles and whistles] who with her beautiful spirit and abundant kindness has quickly found a special place in my heart. My close friend Rabbi Shmuley Boteach introduced me to Denise and I'm very grateful. Thank you Shmuley, thank you so much for making this evening possible for me and for all the important and meaningful projects that we have begun together. Shmuley is also responsible for bringing me together with some of my special guests this evening, Nobel prize winner, Professor Elie Wiesel and childrens' expert, Dr Stanley Greenspan. Thank you for joining me on this special night.

I'm honoured Mr President to receive this award in your presence and I wanna thank you all for years of dedication and service that you rendered to the American people. You have been an incredible president and I love you. [Audience are cheering and applauding loudly] And of course N'Sync. [audience applauds] It's great to meet you guys and it's an honour to receive this award, not only did you make all the girls scream, [audience laughs] but I was also thrilled to learn that you are continuing the tradition that I also believe in, in using your accomplishments to help others with your own charitable foundation. [audience applauds]

Cancer is the number one killer of children. And it is only when we join together on evenings like this, that we can summon the courage and determination to stop it from ever robbing another child of the precious gift of life or a parent of the joy of watching their child grow. God bless you all for all the love and support you have offered this evening and I love you all very much. Thank you. [audience applauds]

[Michael talks with Lance and J.C. and you can hear him say "Nice to meet you too" and then kisses Denise on the check. Everybody walks off the stage]

[source: www.mtv.com, ]

Dec. 03, 2000: Michael Attends Wedding Ceremony Of Tommy Mottola
On Saturday, Dec. 02, 2000 Michael Jackson took a front row seat at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York for the wedding of Sony boss Tommy Mottola and Thalia Sodi. He did not attend the party after the wedding ceremony.

Some of the 1'200 invited friends included Donna Summer, Gloria Estefan, Rosie O'Donnell, Marc Anthony, Emilio Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Robert De Niro, Saul Kerzner, Danny DeVito, Joe Pesci, Ricky Martin, Bruce Springsteen, Julio Iglesias, Tony Bennett, to name but a few.

[source: www.yahoo.com]

Dec. 01, 2000: Michael Receives Angel Of Hope Award
A again gorgeous looking Michael Jackson shows up at the Angel Ball Honors in New York. The following has been taken from Reuters:

On Nov. 30, 2000 President Clinton, singer Michael Jackson and Jordan's Queen Noor were honored on Thursday for their work to fight cancer at a star-studded black-tie dinner to raise $4 million for a cancer foundation.

The president and wife, Sen.-elect Hillary Rodham Clinton, received an award from the New York-based G&P Foundation, which funds research into leukemia, lymphoma and related cancers.

"It won't be long now,"
Clinton told some 1'800 Hollywood stars and members of New York society crowded into a Manhattan hotel ballroom for the event, saying he expected a cure for the disease to be found.

Talk show host Larry King emceed the gala, which was scheduled to include performances by singers Natalie Cole, Patti LaBelle and Marc Anthony as well as appearances by actors Jane Seymour, Gabriel Byrne and Joan Collins.

Clinton, seated between Queen Noor and actor Robert DeNiro, did not stay for most of the show, leaving early to fly home to Washington with his wife.

The G&P foundation was created by song writer and Democratic Party donor Denise Rich to honor her daughter, Gabrielle Rich Aouad, who died of leukemia at the age of 27. It is named for Gabrielle and her husband, Philip Aouad.

As she helped to present the Clintons with their award, Rich also handed the president a gleaming saxophone.

"Thank you, Denise," Clinton said. "I'll have a little more time to play it in a week or two," he added, referring to the end of his eight years in the White House on Jan. 20.

Jackson, wearing a peach colored shirt, a lilac vest and a yellow tie, gave Clinton a warm tribute. "You've been an incredible president and I love you," the pop star said, pointing at Clinton.

A foundation spokeswoman said the dinner aimed to raise $4 million from about 1'800 guests, who were expected to include a wide array of Hollywood stars including Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, Kim Basinger, Alec Baldwin and Julianne Moore.

Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who did not attend the dinner, were also honored for their work on behalf of cancer patients.

[source: Reuters]





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