Michael Jackson (1958-2009) was an American singer/songwriter who is often referred to as the King of Pop. He is recognized as the most successful entertainer of all time by Guinness World Records, having been in the limelight as a figure of pop culture for 4 decades. The seventh child of the Jackson family, he debuted on the professional music scene along with his brothers as a member of The Jackson 5 in 1964, and began his solo career in 1971.
Jackson's 1982 album 'Thriller' is the best-selling album of all time. Some of his other achievements include multiple Guinness World Records; 13 Grammy Awards as well as the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award; 26 American Music Awards, more than any other artist, including the "Artist of the Century"; 13 number-one singles in the United States in his solo career, more than any other male artist; and the estimated sale of over 750 million records worldwide. Jackson won hundreds of awards, which made him the most-awarded recording artist in the history of popular music.
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