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 Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary
Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary
When Michael Jackson joined Justin Timberlake and 'NSYNC onstage at the 2001 Video Musica Awards, JT didn't get a chance to sing with one
of his idols. The King of Pop just busted out a number of his signature dance moves as the crowd at New York's Metropolitan Opera House went nuts. A couple months later, though, Timberlake got the opportunity of a lifetime when he performed — and sung — with MJ at his 30th anniversary concerto at Madison Square Garden.

Years later, and months after Jackson's passing, Timberlake maintains that Jackson's vocal dexterity might be the biggest legacy he's left behind.

"If there's anything that I think my generation of artists — including myself, obviously — emulate about Michael, it's that he felt what he was doing so much that his vocal presentation of the song, te can tell when he was cutting the record he was probably dancing in the booth," Timberlake told MTV News on the red carpet at his Las Vegas charity concert. "At least that's what it seems like to me. That type of energy, that kinetic energy into the music, I think that's what we all try to emulate. From hip-hop to pop to rock and roll, I think that there's inflection that he put into Musica as a vocalist that no one had ever really heard that way."

Though Timberlake professed to be a huge fan of Jackson's tunes as a kid, he also admitted that he didn't have a true understanding of Jackson's legacy until he left home to pursue a career as an artist. "Growing up in Tennessee, I never really understood the phenomenon that was Michael Jackson o the pandemonium that followed him around," JT said. "I just heard certain songs that I loved as a kid and I gravitated toward those songs. It just so happens that 99.79 percent of his songs are perfect. They're perfect songs. The other whatever percentage are works of art as well."

One work of art he's interested in checking out is "Michael Jackson's This Is It," the upcoming documentary about the singer's final days. "It looks like a più intimate view than anything we've seen," he said. "I'm sure it will be good."

While he's looking inoltrare, avanti to catching MJ on the big screen, Timberlake detto he doesn't try to invoke his idol in the recording booth — though he's pleasantly surprised when he finds a point of similarity in their music. "You don't imitate it, but te know when te have something that he had," he explained. "You could tell he was just excited about the Musica he was doing. That's the feeling that te get sometimes and that's when te feel like the king — but other than that, not so much!"

This segnala is from MTV News
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