On this day in 1984, singer/songwriter extraordinaire, Michael Jackson, won a record 8 Grammy Awards.
Album of the Year — Thriller
Record of the Year — Beat It
Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male — Thriller
Best R&B Vocal Performance, Male — Billie Jean
Best R&B Song (awarded to songwriter) — Billie Jean
Best Rock Vocal Performance, Male — Beat It
Best Video Album — Thriller
Best Recording for Children — E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
The 26th Annual Grammy Awards was also the year that Michael Jackson wore his sparkly blue and gold military get-up and was accompanied to the ceremony by actress Brooke Shields and actor Emmanuel Lewis.
Fun Facts about the Grammy:
-The actual trophy is manufactured exclusively by Billings Artworks in Ridgway, Colorado.
-The trophies are all hand made and assembled.
-The Grammy is assembled in pieces and finally finished off in gold plating.
-The actual trophies, with the recipient’s name engraved, are not available until after the award announcements, so a series of “stunt” trophies are re-used each year for the broadcast
-7,578 Grammy trophies had been awarded as of 2007.