From the Queen to the King

Hace unas horas MTV, la hoy descolorida cadena que en el pasado fue la meca de los videos musicales, celebró su entrega anual de premios, los cada vez menos esperados VMAs. Lo más acertado de la ceremonia fue el comienzo, el sentido tributo que Madonna le rindió al fallecido Rey del Pop Michael Jackson. Muy honesto y emotivo, a la altura de ambas celebridades.

La transcripción del discurso la hizo pública el sitio web de MTV y la acompaño con algunas fotos, para quienes no estuvieron entre los telespectadores.

madonna pays tribute to mj

«Michael Jackson was born in August, 1958. So was I. Michael Jackson grew up in the suburbs of the Midwest. So did I. Michael Jackson had eight brothers and sisters. So do I. When Michael Jackson was 6 he became a superstar and was perhaps the world’s most beloved child. When I was 6 my mother died. I think he got the shorter end of the stick.

«I never had a mother, but he never had a childhood. And when you never get to have something, you become obsessed by it. I spent my childhood searching for my mother figures; sometimes I was successful. But how do you recreate your childhood when you are under the magnifying glass of the world for your entire life?

«There is no question that Michael Jackson was one of the greatest talents the world has ever known. … That when he sang a song at the ripe old age of 8, he could make you feel like an experienced adult was squeezing your heart with his words. … That the way he moved had the elegance of Fred Astaire and packed the punch of Muhammad Ali. … That his music had an extra layer of inexplicable magic that didn’t just make you want to dance but actually made you believe that you could fly, dare to dream, be anything that you wanted to be. Because that is what heroes do. And Michael Jackson was a hero.

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