Promotion (1982-1984)

TV performances, interviews, award shows, photoshoots 1982-1984

August 20, 1982 : Michael gives an interview for the October’s issue of Interview magazine when Andy Warhol calls him to take part in the interview.

December 1982 : Michael & ET are on the cover of Ebony Magazine.

Michael gives an interview to UK’s magazine Smash Hits.

February 8, 1983 :  Michael attends the Brit Awards at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London with Paul & Linda McCartney. He accepts an award on behalf of Barbara Streisand.

February 25, 1983 : At a CBS Records press conference, Jane Fonda presents Michael with a Platinum certification for Thriller.

April 9 , 1983 : All the Jackson brothers (including Jermaine & Randy) rehearse and tape their segment of the Motown 25th Special at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

May 16, 1983 :  NBC broadcasts the two hour special Motown 25th: Yesterday, Today & Forever featuring for the first time since 1975, a performance of the six Jackson brothers for a medley of the Jackson 5 hits followed by a solo performance of Billie Jean during which Michael showcases his first ever public performance of the Moonwalk. At the end of the show, Michael joins Diana Ross and all the Motown stars on stage to pay tribute to Berry Gordy.

July 1, 1983 : Latoya and Michael attend the Black Radio Exclusive Convention at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Los Angeles, California.

November 14, 1983 : Michael attends the premiere of the Thriller short film with a private audience at the Crest Theater in Los Angeles. In attendance were Diana RossWarren BeattyPrinceEddie Murphy and many more “A-list” stars. Michael stays in the projection booth so that others such as actress Ola Ray could bask in the attention. 

November 30, 1983 : Michael attends a press conference at New York’s Tavern On The Green to announce plans for the Victory Tour. He is accompanied by his parents & sisters (in the audience) plus his brothers and a young boy named Emmanuel Lewis (star of the TV show Webster). During the conference Don King announce The Jacksons’s Victory Tour sponsored by Pepsi.

December 8, 1983 : Michael leaves for New York to promote the “Thriller” short film. Michael & Paul Mac Cartney are on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine (not a photo but a drawing of them).

January 11, 1984 : At the first annual Black Gold Awards, produced by Dick Clark, Michael wins four awards (but does not attend). Janet is presented with the hottest female newcomer of the year award at the Black Gold Awards in Los Angeles (with a video congratulations from Michael).

January 16, 1984 : Michael, Janet & LaToya attend the American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles with Brooke Schields and Emmanuel Lewis.

MJ wins an unprecedented eight awards including the special award of Merit presented by Diana Ross. The ceremony is watched by over sixty millions people.

February 7, 1984 : Michael goes to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Natural History to receive awards from CBS & The Guineess Book Of World Records to celebrates Thriller as the largest-selling album of all time (25 millions at the time) Among the many guest are Michael’s date for the evening Brooke Schields, & the whole Jackson family (including LaToya, Rebbie & Janet).

February 26, 1984 : Katherine, LaToya, Janet & Michael attend the premiere of Pepsi’s Jacksons commercial at a black-tie event for 1000 bottlers at New York City ’s Lincoln Center.

February 28, 1984 : In the company of Brooke Schields & Emmanuel Lewis, Michael attends the Grammy Awards ceremony broadcast live from the Shrine Auditorium of Los Angeles. He wins an unprecedented 8 awards. On stage he shares his triumph with producer Quincy Jones and even invites his sisters Janet, LaToya & Rebbie to joins him. The Jacksons Pepsi commercials are aired during the telecast and become the most popular ads ever!

March 1984 : Michael is on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

March 19, 1984 : Michael is o the cover of TIME magazine with a nine page article.

May 1984 : Michael is on the cover of Ebony magazine.

May 14, 1984 : President Reagan presents a Special Achievement Award to Michael in a garden ceremony at the White House in Washington D.C.

June 9, 1984 : Michael attends the unveiling of a wax statue of himself at The Guinness Museum of World Records in San Francisco .

July 5, 1984 : On the eve of Victory’s Tour first concert and after a controversy over the selling of tickets, Michael holds a major press conference in Kansas City with his brothers to announce a change in the tour’s organisation. He announces hat the whole of his share of the proceeds from the Victory Tour will be donated to charity.

September 14, 1984 : Michael wins three awards at the first annual MTV Video Music Awards but does not attend the ceremony.

November 20, 1984 : 5000 fans turn out to see Michael at the unveiling of his Hollywood Boulevard Star on the Walk Of Fame.

December : Michael is on the cover of Ebony and Jet magazines.

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