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Celebrating The 40-Year-Long Legacy of Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’

Michael Jackson’s iconic “Thriller” music video and album in the early 1980s forever changed the music and entertainment industry. Directed by John Landis, the 14-minute video featured groundbreaking special effects, elaborate choreography, and a memorable zombie dance sequence that is widely known and recognizable, even 40 years later.

Michael Jackson "Thriller" music video

Breaking Boundaries With The “Thriller” Music Video

Michael Jackson’s meticulous attention to detail and commitment to perfection pushed the boundaries of music and video production. The “Thriller” video became a cultural phenomenon and remains one of the most iconic music videos of all time, solidifying Michael Jackson’s status as the “King of Pop.” Following a haunting storyline that depicts Jackson and his on-screen love interest’s first date gone awry, the story of “Thriller” begins. It’s the classic tale of a full moon bringing out the supernatural, complete with one of the most widely recognized dance sequences in music history.

Keeping in mind the time period that “Thriller” was produced, its iconic status is only cemented. Considering multiple standpoints, the music video pushed the boundaries in more ways than one. From its exorbitant budget of around $1 million, its extensive use of makeup and special FX, and its film-like production, “Thriller” was a massive undertaking for music in the ’80s. However, it’s an undertaking that has since paid off. The priceless impact of Michael Jackson on pop culture may have already existed, but “Thriller” pushed his legacy even further. Even now, 40 years later, his legacy only continues to grow.

Awards and Acknowledgements: Michael Jackson’s Legendary “Thriller” Music Video

Michael Jackson "Thriller" music video

“Thriller,” the album and the song, won numerous awards, acknowledgments and achievements, making it one of the most celebrated and influential works in the history of music and entertainment. Some of its notable accolades include:

  1. Grammy Awards: Thriller won a record-breaking eight Grammy Awards in 1984. This includes Album of the Year and Record of the Year.
  2. MTV Video Music Awards: The “Thriller” music video won several MTV VMAs. This includes Best Overall Performance in a Video and Best Choreography.
  3. American Music Awards: The album and singles from Thriller received several American Music Awards. This includes Favorite Pop/Rock Album and Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist.
  4. Billboard Music Awards: Michael Jackson won multiple Billboard Music Awards for his work on “Thriller.”
  5. Guinness World Records: Thriller holds several Guinness World Records, including the best-selling album of all time.
  6. National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame: Thriller was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.
  7. Library of Congress National Recording Registry: The National Recording Registry added the Thriller album to its registry for its cultural, historical and aesthetic significance.
  8. MTV’s Greatest Music Video of All Time: The “Thriller” music video frequently tops lists of the greatest music videos ever made.

On this Halloween, we hope that everyone enjoys a safe and fun holiday. And when “Thriller” undoubtedly plays on your spooky playlist this year, the iconic song’s legacy continues to live on. Happy Halloween, everyone!

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