Diamond Award & 8 Guinness World Records
November 16, 2006 12:00am
Michael Jackson picked up a Diamond Award from US singer Beyonce. He thanked "my fans all over the world".
"I dedicate this to the so many that have loved me and stayed by me throughout these years in the entertainment business," he said.
"While I cannot meet all of them I would like to thank my wonderful children, Paris, Prince and Blanket for their unconditional love and support and my mother and my father, my brothers and sisters, my entire family for their love and support.
"I thank you, I love you all, all the fans, from the bottom of my heart."
Herald Sun Austrailia
Posted 11/15/2006 9:27 PM ET
By Cesar G. Soriano, USA TODAY
LONDON — With a few thrilling bars of We Are the World, Michael Jackson made a triumphant return to the spotlight at the World Music Awards Wednesday.
"There have been so many who have loved me and stood by me throughout my 42 years in the entertainment business," Jackson, 48, told screaming fans after he received a lifetime achievement award to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Thriller. Jackson, dressed in a sequined black tuxedo, said little and sang even less, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of his fans, many of whom traveled from around the world to witness Jackson’s comeback.
"I love all of my fans from the bottom of my heart," Jackson told the crowd after accepting the Diamond Award, given to artists who have sold more than 100 million albums. Previous recipients include Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey, Bon Jovi and Celine Dion.
"It was my dream that Thriller would become the biggest-selling album ever. And God has answered my prayers. I thank God and you for this success," Jackson said, thanking his parents, siblings and his children.
R&B star Chris Brown, backed by dozens of dancers in zombie make-up, opened for Jackson with rendition of Thriller.
"He has influenced my life since day one, since I was in my mama’s womb," Brown said before the show. "I was listening to his music as I was coming out and I’m here to play tribute to him."
The concert marked the latest public appearance by the reclusive celebrity, who moved to Bahrain in a self-imposed exile after his acquittal last year. Jackson now lives in Ireland south of Dublin. Jackson spent the past week in London, making several shopping and sightseeing outings. Hundreds of fans who weren’t lucky enough to score tickets to the event held vigil outside, singing Jackson songs and waving banners.
"He’s part of my heart, part of my life," said Vincent Descamps, 18, of Lille, France, holding a giant American flag printed with Jackson’s face.
Diana Esquivel, who traveled from San Francisco, said she did not consider the appearance a comeback. "In my eyes, he never left."
MICHAEL JACKSON DROPS BY GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS
TO COLLECT HIS OFFICIAL RECORD CERTIFICATES
Video clip: http://www.accesshollywood.com/news/ah2624.shtml @ bottom of page
Guinness World Records London Head Quarters today welcomed the world’s biggest superstar through its doors for an honorary record presentation. Michael Jackson, a self confessed Guinness World Records fan since childhood, contacted Guinness World Records ahead of his visit to request that he could collect his multiple Guinness World Record certificates during his trip to London this week.
With a staggering eight records mapping career highlights over the last quarter of a century, Michael Jackson is one of Guinness World Records longest standing record holders. The records span from Youngest vocalist to top the US singles chart, (aged 11, fronting The Jackson Five) and First vocalist to enter the US single chart at No.1 ("You Are Not Alone") to Most weeks at the top of the US album charts (non-soundtrack) (37 weeks for Thriller); Most successful music video (Thriller has sold over 1 million units); First entertainer to earn more than $100 million in a year to Highest paid entertainer of all time ($125 million in 1989 Forbes list); First Entertainer To Sell More Than 100 Million Albums Outside the U.S.. His ultimate and latest accolade was also presented to him: Most successful entertainer of all time.
He was greeted by Guinness World Records Editor, Craig Glenday, and given a whirlwind tour of the offices and shown weird and wonderful exhibits from the ‘Guinness World Records Cabinet of Curioddities’, including the world’s oldest vomit and tallest man ever’s shoes. Michael was then presented with his record certificates, a copy of the latest edition of the book and a special edition from the year he was born (1958). Evidently delighted with the accolades he holds in high esteem, Michael said: “I’ve always been a big fan of the book. Thank you so much – it’s a great honour to visit the Guinness World Records offices.”
Michael Jackson is in London for his first UK performance in nine years. He is due to be presented with a Diamond Award at the World Music Awards in Earls Court on Wednesday evening. He will also sing tracks from his Thriller album, bringing it back to life after 25 years. Guinness World Records Editor, Craig Glenday, will also be reuniting with the star on Wednesday evening to present him with his eighth Guinness World Record: Biggest selling album of all time (Thriller has sold more than 104 million copies).
Guinness World Records Editor Craig Glenday said: “We always expect the unexpected here at Guinness World Records. From the world’s tallest man, woman with the longest fingernails and most pierced woman, we’re used to all walks of life stopping by the office, but we haven’t been this excited since we met the Queen last year. Michael is one of the greatest superstars of all time and his unwavering success has kept him at the very top of the record breaking charts throughout his career. We’re absolutely delighted that Michael holds Guinness World Records in such high regard and honoured that he’s taken time out of his busy schedule to stop by and collect them in person.”
104 Million copies sold for Thriller alone! That man is BAD, he’s BAD, he’s BAD to da bone!!!
“They” KNOW it!
The WHOLE world will hear it from the WMA’s broadcast so they can stop all that other noise once and for all…then on to other things with a yet another generation of fans LOL!
I just luv the way he humbly and quietly in so many ways tells the naysayers to STHU.
When you’ve got it like that, you don’t have to boast, just let the official records and supporters speak for you. He’s beautiful, he’s wonderful, INVINCIBLE, I love him so…
I’m so proud to be a fan.