Celebrities including Christina Aguilera, Marc Anthony, and LL Cool J have shared their thoughts about the King of Pop in the lead-up to the one-year anniversary of Michael Jackson's death.
Aguilera discussed the personal impact his music had on her life, saying: "Music wouldn't be what it is without someone like Michael Jackson. I remember going to my high school talent show singing The Way You Make Me Feel and being a huge fan of his album Bad. I know all my dancers wouldn't be behind me dancing if it weren't for that."
Marc Anthony explained Jackson's impact saying: "A Michael Jackson comes around literally once in a lifetime. They break the mold and I think there are people who just sacrifice their life, their personal life all for the arts. That's what Michael did; he sacrificed his life for the arts."
For rapper LL Cool J, the Thriller star's personal legacy was that music could transcend global borders, Us Magazine reports.
"I think one of the coolest things he told me was never limit yourself; the fact that if people can whistle your songs then they can understand it all over the world. Because there are language barriers ... People speak different languages all over the world,” LL Cool J declared.
“We may have lost the man, but we didn't lose the legacy. The legacy is actually bigger than that one human being. That legacy touched millions."