"Rarely has the world received a gift with the magnitude of artistry, talent, and vision as Michael Jackson. He was a true musical icon whose identifiable voice, innovative dance moves, stunning musical versatility, and sheer star power carried him from childhood to worldwide acclaim. A 13-time GRAMMY recipient, Michael’s career transcends musical and cultural genres and his contributions will always keep him in our hearts and memories. We are deeply saddened by this tragic news and our hearts go out to his family and to music lovers around the globe who mourn this great loss."--Neil Portnow, President/CEO, The Recording Academy
"Michael Jackson was my generation's most iconic cultural hero. Courageous, unique and incredibly talented. He'll be missed greatly." --Russell Simmons, hip-hop entrepreneur and founder of Def-Jam Records.
Other stars commented via Twitter:
@MCHammer: I will be mourning my friend , brother, mentor and inspiration.. He gave me and my family hope. I would never have been me without him.
@johncmayer: Dazed in the studio. A major strand of our cultural DNA has left us. RIP MJ.I think we'll mourn his loss as well as the loss of ourselves as children listening to Thriller on the record player.
@imogenheap: Noooooooo!!!! Michael Jackson was my childhood! I loved him. So so so so sad. So nearly saw him live. Just a couple of weeks. crying.
@RealTalibKweli: RIP Michael Jackson. Greatest performer ever.
@KELLY__ROWLAND: Michael you left such a legacy on this earth, have touched SO MANY!!! We thank you for such a driving inspiration in music & our lives!!
@MF Doom: A little bit of everyone died today, I can tell you a piece of me just did
@theboygeorge: Total shock and huge sadness about Michael Jackson, may he have some peace now. Amen!
@BlakeLewis: So many tears falling, my heart crushed, my idol no more. Micheal Jackson you will forever live in my heart. May you R.I.P. With James Brown