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Beyoncé Honors Michael Jackson and His God-Given ‘Swag’

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By Kevin Rutherford

Wednesday (June 25) marked the five-year anniversary of Michael Jackson‘s death, resulting in an outpouring of support and tributes across the musical community — among them Beyoncé.

In a post on her website, the singer penned an ode to the late King of Pop, opining on his importance in her early career — long before she was a household name on her own. In particular, the Jackson 5′s famous 1969 cover of “Who’s Lovin’ You” — and Jackson’s subsequent live performances of the song — were early inspirations.

“When I was just starting out, my first producer used to make me listen to Michael Jackson’s live performance of “Who’s Loving You,” she wrote, linking to a 1972 performance of the Motown standard. “He would have me watch that for hours back to back to back.”

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She wrote that her manager’s request for the young singer to watch Jackson performances end on end was simple: it was all about feeling and understanding the soul he brought to music.

“What he wanted me to learn was his soul,” she wrote. “You could hear his soul.  And he was this little kid who hadn’t experienced love but he was a vessel.  For whatever reason he could evoke more emotion than an adult.  It was so raw and so pure.”

Oh, and there was swag involved, too. God-given swag.

“It was these little things that he did that were just swag,” she added. “It’s something that’s God given.”

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In the end she thanked Jackson, noting that he changed her and helped her become, well, Beyoncé.

Read the full tribute below.

When I was just starting out, my first producer used to make me listen to Michael Jackson’s live performance of “Who’s Loving You.”  He would have me watch that for hours back to back to back.

What he wanted me to learn was his soul.  You could hear his soul.  And he was this little kid who hadn’t experienced love but he was a vessel.  For whatever reason he could evoke more emotion than an adult.  It was so raw and so pure.  It was these little things that he did that were just swag.   It’s something that’s God given.

Michael taught me that sometimes you have to forget technique, forget what you have on.  If you feel silly, you have to go from the gut just let it go.

Michael Jackson changed me, and helped me to become the artist I am thank you Michael.

Love always,
B

Beyoncé kicked off her hotly anticipated On the Run tour last night with Jay Z on the anniversary of Jackson’s death. The set list was a whopping 42-song tour through both artists’ careers.

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