Michael Jackson – Bollywood Awards 1999
Emcee: Right now we have an award that is sure to go down in history as one that is closest to every human’s heart. The Humanitarian Award. An award that symbolizes goodwill, benevolence and peace. Let me show you all something that is about (00:34 – 02:07 He promised. He came. He cared. He performed. India thanks King of Pop, Michael Jackson – Video rolls with MJ performing, etc) Alright… Michael Jackson is in the stadium.
Emcee: Now for the recipient of this prestigious award. Ladies and gentlemen probably once in a millennium, comes an artist who rises above every other artist on earth and not only wins awards and accolades but also hearts, minds and souls. This millennium witnesses one such phenomenon, an artist whose fans can be found on ever square kilometer of this earth from Bhatinda to Belgrade, from California to Calcutta. His music not only becomes popular and leaves you asking for more but also makes you go out of the way to do something special for mankind, which is why he is what he is. Ladies and Gentlemen I am honored to share the stage with this incredible history-creating, thriller of an artist, please welcome the phenomenal Michael Jackson.
MJ: (Michael wearing traditional Indian costume) Thank you very much. Thank you very much for this honor you have awarded to me tonight. I have always believed that the real measure of celebrity success was not just how famous he becomes but what he does with that fame and fortune, especially in today’s technological and media advanced society. The attention and fortune showered on an individual celebrity is often times immensely disproportionate to his or her achievements. Today a person can literally become a celebrity overnight throughout the entire world and that kind of attention can become difficult for an individual to handle. I have also learned that such fame can also be an effective medium to focus attention and mobilize resources for a worthy cause.
I have been blessed with so much and have the opportunity to do what few others can but I believe it is more than just an opportunity but a duty. I feel to reap and enjoy the fruits of my talents for myself would be selfish, irresponsible and unconscionable. In these days of such abundance and advancement in what we can do, it pains me to think that we do so little for our children. In some ways I feel underserving to receive an award for something that is my duty.
I accept this award as a gesture of encouraging from the people of India, and a commission to do more for mankind. I love you very much (“This is the longest speech” laughing) … Mahatma Ghandi knew how important bringing the world’s attention was to gaining freedom for India without using any weapons. In some ways he was the first person to truly understand the importance and power of the public, he has always been an inspiration to me and it gives me even greater joy and pride to be recognized by his people.
I am here today.. Inspiration from M Hindujah. Mr. Hindujah and your lovely family (pointing to the crowd) I love you very much. We have the same mission to bring world peace. Kamout Handuna has created a great show, Monish – thank you for your wonderful costume, I appreciate it very much. I love you all, thank you!