VH1 Classic to Celebrate Historic Music Legacy of Michael Jackson Beginning Saturday, June 27

NEW YORK, June 26 — His music defined an era while his music videos re-defined a medium. Michael Jackson simply changed the world forever with his artistry, his vision and his music. Starting Saturday, June 27 at 12 noon ET/PT, VH1 Classic will celebrate the legacy of the man that became the “King Of Pop” and the artist behind “Thriller,” the world’s biggest selling album ever.

The channel will air a special music video tribute throughout the weekend, airing the songs, the performances, the choreography, and the styles that still impact pop culture four decades after he first became a star with The Jackson 5. The tribute, hosted by “VH1 Top 20 Countdown” host Jim Shearer, will run throughout the weekend until Midnight on Sunday, June 28.

VH1 Classic viewers are being invited now to go to and offer their own tributes and memories about Jackson. These fan remembrances will be featured on-air on VH1 Classic throughout the weekend.

Some of the historic videos VH1 Classic will air include:

Another Part Of Me
Beat It
Billie Jean
Black Or White
Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough
Leave Me Alone
Man In The Mirror
Remember The Time
Rock With You
Smooth Criminal
The Way You Make Me Feel
You Are Not Alone

Sister channel VH1 is also remembering the “King Of Pop” through an on-air VH1 News packages as well as a VH1 News special covering Jackson’s entire biography that will premiere today, Friday, June 26 at 4:00 p.m. ET/PT.

VH1 will also air “Michael Jackson: King Of Videos,” a two-hour video tribute special that Jackson himself called the special’s producer to thank them for their work. That special will air tonight, Friday June 26 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Fans can get round-the-clock updates at VH1’s Playlists of all of Jackson’s greatest videos are on And fans’ video and text tributes will run across all of VH1’s websites including,, and the VH1 Blog.

Launched in May 2000, VH1 Classic is a 24-hour network that present videos, concerts and music specials all day long, featuring the best of rock, soul and pop artists from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, including The Beatles, The Stones, Tina Turner, Led Zeppelin, Marvin Gaye, Madonna, The Who, Stevie Wonder, The Police and many more. Learn more

Press Contact:

Brett Henne/VH1 212/846-6752
Toni Herron/VH1 212-846-7528

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