Michael Jackson was not only the King of Pop, he was an unforgettable fashion icon, earning the title by sporting embellished jackets and over-the-top ensembles, both on and off stage. From his thirteen #1 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 to his staple style, Jackson’s creativity is forever inspiring. Eight years after his death, and on what would've been MJ's 59th birthday, we take a look at the times celebrities directly channeled Jackson’s style, paying homage to the late musical genius.
At the 2017 MTV VMAs (Aug. 27), Kendrick wore a black jacket with upper-arm wrap and ankle-biting black pants, similar to the pop legend's signature style, while taking home most awards of the night.
During Coldplay's 2016 Super Bowl halftime show, Beyonce joined the performance, making her third Super Bowl halftime appearance. The "Formation" songstress stirred up controversy as her dancers poured onto the field Black Panther-clad in berets and combat boots, while she paid tribute to Jackson in 1993 Super Bowl-inspired attire.
Chance the Rapper
The BET Awards took place this year on the actual 8th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s death (Jun. 25), and Chance the Rapper seized the opportunity to honor the legend with his 2005-reminiscent ensemble while being honored with the Humanitarian Award.
Chris Brown has long made it known that Michael Jackson is his biggest inspiration and the reason he is an entertainer today, and it clearly shows through his dance moves, music videos, and style.
With Kanye West being so involved in fashion, it’s no surprise that he would pull inspiration from one of the most stylish and unique people to have ever worked in the music industry, here channeling the King of Pop via Yeezy's now-signature shades.
Lady Gaga is known for showing support and speaking out when it comes to important issues. At Hillary Clinton’s final rally before election last year (Nov. 8), she donned Michael Jackson’s actual jacket, as seen on him when invited to the White House in 1990.
The Bajan beauty has been noticed for her style since early in her career. Here, Rihanna channeled Michael Jackson as she attended Allegra Versace's birthday party in Paris.