Published: Monday June 9, 2014 MYT 12:50:00 AM
Updated: Monday June 9, 2014 MYT 3:22:38 PM

Calling for submissions: 'Michael Jackson ~ Visionary' visual tribute gallery

Star2 would like to invite readers to join in our celebration of the King of Pop’s visual legacy by submitting your original artwork for our 'Michael Jackson ~ Visionary' visual tribute gallery.

The night of March 25, 1983, will go down in history as the day Michael Jackson stopped the world. Having finished the set with his brothers for Motown’s 25th anniversary concert, he returned to the stage alone. Wearing a black-sequined jacket and a glove blinged with rhinestones, MJ launched into his now legendary debut performance of Billie Jean and did something so shockingly original it still amazes: the moonwalk.

Two months later when it aired on TV to an estimated 47 million viewers, MJ’s electric moves launched a one-man global cultural movement. Motown head Berry Gordy said: “From the first beat of Billie Jean, I was mesmerised. And when he did his iconic moonwalk, I was shocked, it was magic. Michael Jackson went into orbit, and never came down.”

Such was MJ’s star power – from the moment he stormed the stage in 1968, at age 10, as the youngest of The Jacksons, to the poignant footage of him in rehearsing in 2009 for his what-would've-been-career-swansong This Is It series of concerts. With his tremulous tenor, indelible melodies, and James Brown-inspired stage moves, no wonder MJ commanded the world's attention: at times, he seemed superhuman.

The many faces of MJ: Four decades of his life were dedicated to entertaining the masses — from age 10 when he joined The Jacksons to his death at 50 while preparing for what would've been his last series of concerts. Though in private he craved to retrieve his lost adolescence even as he faced the glare of the public eye, as a global superstar, Jackson inspired millions over his lifetime. 

Michael Jackson, a visionary

MJ was an undisputed master of the visual medium. Those madly inventive and ground-breaking videos where the ground literally glowed under his shoes and faces morphed into one another – Billie Jean, Beat It, Thriller, Bad, Smooth Criminal, Black Or White and Remember The Time – set artistic standards so high they have yet to be surpassed.

We also remember that intense gaze of his on his album covers – boldly inviting us to peer into the troubled yet fascinating soul of the manchild within. At times, his image – from the cherubic boy to the freakish ‘Jacko’ to his latest holographic incarnation – threatened to overwhelm his music, but in the end, it is the totality of his body of work that we recall. And in the five years since his passing on June 25, 2009, his legacy is more keenly felt than ever before.

'Michael Jackson ~ Visionary' visual tribute gallery

In celebration of Michael Jackson’s visual legacy and to mark the 5th anniversary of his passing on June 26, Star2 invites readers to submit original visual works – in the form of illustrations, drawings, paintings, sketches, collage, graphic art, etc – to be featured in our 'Michael Jackson ~ Visionary' visual tribute gallery.

You can send us your visual tribute to the King of Pop in its original form (maximum A3 size) via snail mail or as a high resolution digital copy (between 1MB and 5MB in size). 

Remember to send them in before the submission closing date on June 13!

Snail mail:

Star2 Celebrates ‘Michael Jackson ~ Visionary’

Level 3A, Menara Star,

Jalan 16/11, Section 16,

Petaling Jaya 46350, Selangor


Please include the subject heading: "Star2 Celebrates Michael Jackson submission"

*This article was updated to correct Michael Jackson's date of passing to June 26, from the original June 25.

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