10 Artists Who Were Heavily Inspired By Michael Jackson

June 25, 2010 1:45 am

1.) Usher: “He influenced me in so many ways, more than just music…as a humanitarian, as a philanthropist, as an artist, as an individual who transcended culture. I wouldn’t be who I am today without Michael Jackson,” Usher said. “They say if you ever want to be great, you’ve got to study who the greats studied, so, of course, I studied his moves — studied them down to a T. But there was much more to him than that. Really, he created an eclectic style of life and, throughout the years, from his childhood to his adulthood, he managed to continue to be successful, but also to continue to push the limits and push everyone’s expectations.” “I would not be the artist, performer and philanthropist I am today without the influence of Michael.”

2.) Ne-Yo: “Michael Jackson is half the reason I’m even here. If not for Michael and what he did, I wouldn’t be standing here in front of you guys right now. I think I speak for all R&B and pop music when I say that.”

3.) Jason Derulo: “Michael Jackson was my biggest influence, the sole reason I dancing and singing in the first place.”

4.) Justin Timberlake: “I’m lucky enough to have memories — actually, physically — with him onstage and off.”

5.) Madonna: “He was the King who inspired us all…I don’t know what artist wasn’t inspired by him. Everybody grew up in awe of him.”

6.) Chris Brown: “Michael Jackson is the reason why I do music and why I am an entertainer.” “[He] sold twenty-five million albums, so I wanna get to at least twelve. Michael said to me, “being able to dance and sing; that’s rare. Nobody can do it – only you, me and a couple of others. Keep working and dream big.  Michael Jackson told me to dream big!”

7.) Lady Gaga: “Michael’s death was devastating for me, regardless of whether or not I was supposed to go on tour with him. He was such an inspiration and a remarkable human being.”

8.) Ciara: “He was part of the reason why [I started singing].Whenever someone asks me who inspires me to do what I do, I always say Michael. That’s it for me. He’s everything to me. He’s really a part of the reason why. He’s going to be remembered in so many ways for me. I feel it’s important for me to continue to let my generation know how important he was to music.”

9.) Shaheen Jafargholi:
“I love Michael Jackson and I tell you now I want to thank him right now for blessing me and every single person on this earth with his amazing music…I love you Michael Jackson.” Jafargholi sang a musical tribute of “Who’s Loving You” on stage at Michael Jackson’s memorial.  Before Jackson’s death, Jarafgholi was invited to perform on the “This Is It” tour.

10.) Beyonce: “The incomparable Michael Jackson has made a bigger impact on music than any other artist in the history of music. He was magic. He was what we all strive to be. He will always be the King of Pop!” Beyoncé has dedicated countless songs to Michael Jackson since his death.