Billie Jean – 1983
Michael Jackson wrote Billie Jean and recorded it in just one session. He won at the 1983 Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance and Best Rhythm & Blues Song for Billie Jean. It was the first video by a black artist to get regular airplay on the MTV channel, which debuted March 1983.
In May 1983, there is a two hour special Motown 25th: Yesterday, Today & Forever featuring for the first time since 1975, a performance of the six Jackson brothers for a medley of the Jackson 5 hits followed by a solo performance of Billie Jean during which Michael showcases his first ever public performance of the Moonwalk. The show is watched by 47 million Americans and Michael’s dancing talents are recognized when legends such as Fred Astaire & Gene Kelly call him and congratulate his performance.