From The Vault is back this week with a GRAMMY moment for the ages.
Let’s journey back to the year 1988 when Michael Jackson delivered one of his most iconic performances during music’s biggest night.
MJ ‘s seventh studio effort ‘Bad’ was one of 1987’s biggest blockbusters. Indeed the album achieved the unprecedented feat of having seven Top 20 singles, including a record-breaking five consecutive #1 Billboard Hot 100.
With four nominations in ’88, he took the stage to sing a medley of two of the album’s biggest hits, ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ and ‘Man In The Mirror.’
Dressed in a blue shirt, white tee, black pants, and his signature combo of white socks and black loafers combo, he started off slow with a cabaret incarnation of ‘Feel’ before bursting into a reenactment of the video, complete with love interest and dance squad on deck.
For ‘Mirror,’ he quite literally took it to church and made sure to turn his mic on by the end of his high-octane performance to make sure everybody caught the Holy Spirit.
This showing is a prime example of everything Michael was and could be: entertaining yet thought-provoking, in control but also vulnerable.
Though the odds seemed to be in his favor, that night Mike went home empty-handed.
Still, this should serve as inspiration to all of these acts: ‘Bad’ is one the most renowned project of pop culture, and its legacy is the win in and of itself.