Michael Jackson and Boyz II Men

Michael Jackson had a good working relationship with the R & B group “Boys II Men” (or is it “Boyz II Men” or Boyz 2 Men” or even “Boys ii men” … I don’t know!) and we are going to take a look at it today. We have also been looking at the handful of times Michael performed the song “Heal the world” live and Boys II Men joined him on one occasion, and we will be looking at that too. “Boys II Men” are known for being one of the best vocalist groups of all time and they were extremely big during the time between Michael’s “Dangerous” and “History” albums, so much so that they regularly attended the same award shows and collected various awards … on occasion receiving more awards than Michael Jackson! They would also record together in the studio and we will take a look at that also.

The Jacksons An American Dream Movie

In 1992 the American television network “ABC” produced a made for TV 5 hour series based on the Jackson 5 and The Jacksons. It was extremely successful and you may have noted that “Boys II Men” actually featured in this film as a street accappella singing group performing “In the Still of the Night”. In the movie they were “Battling” the Jacksons! it’s actually interesting that this reflected real life in some way as Michael would be up against the group later on at various awards shows.

Soul Train Music Awards 1993

Michael Jackson performed at the Soul Train Music Awards on March 9th 1993. This performance is of note because it featured Michael Jackson performing in a chair (“Remember the time”) after injuring his foot (we will look at this closer soon). Michael Jackson collected the “Best Video” award and the “Best R &B” album”. “Boys II Men” on the other hand actually won 3 awards including “Best Song” for “End of the Road” which really was one of the biggest songs of the decade.

May 1993 World Music Awards

Michael Jackson appeared at the Monte Carlo World Music Awards on May 12th 1993. He collected the “Best Selling Pop Artist”. As usual “Boys II Men” also collected awards and perfromed “End of the Road”. Michael Jackson was clearly enjoying the performance because he was singing and dancing along. You can see that here. (We see more of Michael Jackson than Boys II men I think!). We also see Michael collecting his award and speech.

Boys II Men performing “We are the World” and “Heal the World with Michael Jackson

On 3rd June 1995 Michael Jackson performed live on stage with the group at the VH1 honors at the Shrine Auditorium in LA. He was in town to collect a special award called the “Special International Artist Award”. He was presented the award by Morgan Freeman. You can see the performance here. All of the artists on stage, including Michael sang completely live and Morgan Freeman and Michael had a funny exchange after the performance saying that they were each fans of each other.

Michael Jackson “History” and Boys II Men

Boys II Men also featured on Michaels “History” album on the song “History”. The backing vocals were also used on all the dates of Michael Jackson “History Tour“.

Michael did very few interview but whist promoting the “History” album he was interviews by MTVs Bill Bellamy. He spoke about “Boys II Men” and they also spoke about him in the special show:

Michael Jackson spoke about the group as “the nicest guy’s in show business” and they seem very much down to earth and just great singers. They were a part of Michael Jackson’s history.

By Anthony King (c)


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