“For me, the gift of music has been a blessing from God from the time I was a child,” Michael Jackson proclaimed from the podium at the 2001 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction. ‘NSync helped welcome the King of Pop for the second time. (Jackson was first inducted into the Rock Hall in 1997 as part of the Jackson 5.) “There ain’t no stoppin’, there ain’t no enough, he’s the King of Pop, the one, the only, Michael Jackson,” Justin Timberlake said before welcoming Jackson to the stage.
Following news of Michael Jackson’s death yesterday, Justin Timberlake said in a statement, “We have lost a genius and a true ambassador of not only Pop music but of all music. He has been an inspiration to multiple generations and I will always cherish the moments I shared with him on stage and all of the things I learned about music from him and the time we spent together. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones.”
The Rock Hall in Cleveland, Ohio, will remember Jackson this weekend by paying special tribute to the singer during their free Rock & Soul festival on Sunday, June 28th. Additionally, the fourth floor of the Rock Hall will play Jackson videos exclusively throughout the weekend, with fans encouraged to leave personal tributes in the Hall’s main lobby. For much more on the King of Pop, be sure to check out Rolling Stone‘s Michael Jackson Remembered hub.