Remember the Time: Michael Jackson – Grammy Legend 1993
35th Annual Grammy Awards
Michael Jackson the Legend
"…it feels good to be thought of as a person, not as a personality.
Because I don’t read all the things written about me, I wasn’t aware
that the world thought I was so weird and bizarre. But when you grow up
as I did, in front of one hundred million people since the age of five,
you’re automatically different. The last few weeks, I have been
cleansing myself and it’s been a rebirth of myself. It’s like a cleansing spirit.
My childhood was completely taken away from me. There was no Christmas,
there were no birthdays, it was not a normal childhood, nor normal
pleasures of childhood – those were exchanged for hard work, struggling
pain, and eventual material and professional success. But as an awful
price, I cannot re-create that part of my life, nor would I change any
part of my life.
However, today, when I create my music, I feel like an
instrument of nature. I wonder what delight nature must feel when we
open our hearts and express our god-given talents. The sound of
approval rolls across the universe, and the whole world abounds in
magic, wonder fills our hearts, for what we’ve glimpsed, for an
instant, the playfulness of life.
And that’s why I love children and
learned so much from being around them. I realized that many of our
world’s problems today – from the inner city crime, to large scale wars
and terrorism, and our overcrowded prisons, are a result of the fact
that children have had their childhood stolen from them. The magic, the
wonder, the mystery, and the innocence of a child’s heart, are the
seeds of creativity that will heal the world. I really believe that.
What we need to learn from children isn’t childish. Being with them
connects us to the deeper wisdom of life, which is ever-present and only
ask to believe. They know the way to solutions that lie waiting to be recognized within our own hearts. Today, I would like to thank all the
children of the world, including the sick and deprived…I am so
sensitive to your pain.
I also want to thank all those who have helped me to channel my
talent here on earth. From the beginning, my parents, all my brothers
and sisters, especially Janet. I am so proud of her, it’s incredible. I
mean, I remember when we were little, I used to ask her to be Ginger
Rogers, while I was Fred Astaire….. The Motown family, my teacher
Berry Gordy. Diana Ross, I love you. Suzanne De Passe. The wonderful,
great Quincy Jones. Teddy Riley. My new godson Michael Gibb. My new
Sony family, Akio Morita, Mickey Schulhoff, Tommy Mottola, Dave Glew,
Polly Anthony…Thanks for making one of my most creative efforts, the
album Dangerous, such an incredible success. I love you all so much.
Sandy Gallin, Jim Morey.
All the fantastic fans around the world, I
love you very much."
~ Michael Jackson 1993