Usher: What Michael Jackson Means to Me

"I was very, very young, but I can still remember looking at the screen and seeing it. Michael, you know, the greatest entertainer to ever live simply. All of these songs became inspirations for me, and all of what he is became an inspiration for me.

"Upon his untimely death I was invited to perform at his memorial. This, I knew, was going to be one of the hardest moments of my musical career, to stand in front of the world, everybody's watching, as well as the thousands of people who were in the room. I didn't know if I was going to make it. I didn't make it through rehearsal because I really got choked up. But I knew this was an opportunity to pay tribute to Michael in a way that was very helpful.

"There will never be another Michael Jackson in this lifetime. What he did in music, what he did as a philanthropist, what he did as an individual stands to be some of the greatest work ever, and only to be inspirational because there just aren't many people who can live up to what Michael was. He strived for excellence, and in entertainment he was that."

New Edition, 'N.E. Heartbreak'

"I can remember as a kid attending a New Edition concert. Of course I sat in the nosebleed section, we weren't rich, but it was an incredible experience being able to be in the same room and enjoy the show.

"Years later, one of the greatest moments in my performance history was in D.C. at a performance New Edition put on. I was standing on the side of the stage, and we're all good friends now, but I know all the choreography to the song, so they're going through N.E. Heartbreak, and they look over to the left and they're all waving me on to the stage, so I walk out onto the stage and of course they're missing one tick, one move you do where you put your leg in and drop your leg, there's one person missing.

"So I run out there and do that one little moment. And the crowd went crazy. It was a genuine moment. ... From the nosebleeds, to actually being on the stage!"

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