Remembering Michael Jackson’s Record-Breaking Eight Grammys

As a bonus, here’s our list of MJ’s top tracks


On this day in 1984, Michael Jackson won a record eight awards at the 26th Grammy Awards:

Best R&B Vocal, Male for ‘Billie Jean’,
Best R&B Song (Songwriter) for ‘Billie Jean’
Best Rock Vocal, Male for ‘Beat It’
Producer of the Year (Non-Classical)
Best Pop Vocal, Male for ‘Thriller’
Best Video Album for ‘Thriller’
Best Recording for Children (Quincy Jones (Producer) & Michael Jackson for ‘E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial’
Record of the Year ‘Beat It’
Album of the Year for ‘Thriller’

The legendary singer, songwriter, dancer and record producer inspired a generation of singers including Justin Timberlake and Usher.

Michael was the eighth child of the Jackson family and made his professional debut in 1964 as a member of the musical group—Jackson 5. He started his solo career with in 1972 with the album ‘Got to be There’. In 1982, he released his album— ‘Thriller’ which became the best-selling album of all time and cemented his status as a pop legend.

Here are our top 10 tracks:

10. Earth Song

9. Wanna Be Startin’ Something

8. Dangerous

7. Smooth Criminal

6. The Way You Make Me Feel

8. Thriller

4. Beat It

3. Black Or White

2. Remember The Time

1. They Don’t Care About Us