Music Almanac | February 28th


Charles Benoit

February, nationally, is known as Black History Month. It’s a month where we all take the time to admire and respect black culture in America. Much of this black culture can be found in music, which has held Black Americans together and brought the rest of us a whole new outlook on music. 33 years ago, on February 28th in black music history, Michael Jackson proudly stood out at the 26th annual Grammy Music Awards.  

At the Grammy Awards in 1984, Michael Jackson’s album, Thriller, won for the song “Billie Jean.” He also won Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song (songwriter). Thanks to his classic song “Thriller,” he won Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male. He also won Record of the Year for “Beat It,” Best Recording for Children for “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” and Producer of the Year.

Michael was by far one of the best artists then, and he went on to win hundreds of awards and became the most awarded recording artist of all time. He was not only famous then, but still has a legacy now. Long after his death, he still has thousands of fans.

If you’re looking for a whole new style of music, Jackson is your man.