10 things you didn't know about Michael Jackson

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10 things you didn't know about Michael Jackson
Happy Birthday to Michael Jackson! —The King of Pop would have turned 58 in 2016.

1. He's the most-awarded artist of all time.

He won more awards than any other musician dead or alive, including 23 Guinness World Records, 40 Billboard Awards, 13 Grammys and 26 American Music Awards.

2. He's made more money than any artist after their death.

In the first year after his passing, his estate made $1 billion.

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3. Michael Jackson's famous "Moonwalk" is modeled after the mime artist, Marcel Marceau's routine.

4. He invented patented boots that allows the wearer to "defy gravity."

He wore them to pull off his famous "lean" in the "Smooth Criminal" music video.

5. "Billie Jean" was the first music video by a black artist to air on MTV.

6. He bought publishing rights to most of The Beatles' catalog for $47 million.

7. The costumes in the "Thriller" video all came from the Salvation Army.


8. He was the godfather of Lionel Ritchie's daughter, Nicole Ritchie.

9. He won eight Grammy's in 1984, the most ever won by one person in a single year.

10. His 2,700-acre Neverland Ranch has a theme park, zoo and movie theater and was valued at $100 million.

Click through the gallery to see photos of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch:

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LOS OLIVOS, CA - JULY 08: General view of the front gate at Neverland Ranch on July 8, 2009 in Los Olivos, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 27: Aerial view of Neverland Ranch, once the home of famed singer Michael Jackson, in the Santa Ynez Valley of Santa Barbara County, California (Photo by Carol M. Highsmith/Buyenlarge/Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Neverland Ranch-- NBC News' Matt Lauer gets an exclusive behind-the-scenes of Neverland Ranch, where Michael Jackson lived for 15 years, getting a rare look inside the private world of the King of Pop (Photo by Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Inside Neverland Ranch -- NBC News' Matt Lauer gets an exclusive behind-the-scenes of Neverland Ranch, where Michael Jackson lived for 15 years, getting a rare look inside the private world of the King of Pop (Photo by Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Inside Neverland Ranch -- NBC News' Matt Lauer gets an exclusive behind-the-scenes of Neverland Ranch, where Michael Jackson lived for 15 years, getting a rare look inside the private world of the King of Pop (Photo by Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Inside Neverland Ranch -- NBC News' Matt Lauer gets an exclusive behind-the-scenes of Neverland Ranch, where Michael Jackson lived for 15 years, getting a rare look inside the private world of the King of Pop (Photo by Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Inside Neverland Ranch -- NBC News' Matt Lauer gets an exclusive behind-the-scenes of Neverland Ranch, where Michael Jackson lived for 15 years, getting a rare look inside the private world of the King of Pop (Photo by Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Inside Neverland Ranch -- NBC News' Matt Lauer gets an exclusive behind-the-scenes of Neverland Ranch, where Michael Jackson lived for 15 years, getting a rare look inside the private world of the King of Pop (Photo by Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Neverland Ranch-- NBC News' Matt Lauer gets an exclusive behind-the-scenes of Neverland Ranch, where Michael Jackson lived for 15 years, getting a rare look inside the private world of the King of Pop (Photo by Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Neverland Ranch-- NBC News' Matt Lauer gets an exclusive behind-the-scenes of Neverland Ranch, where Michael Jackson lived for 15 years, getting a rare look inside the private world of the King of Pop (Photo by Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
TODAY -- Pictured: Inside Neverland Ranch -- NBC News' Matt Lauer gets an exclusive behind-the-scenes of Neverland Ranch, where Michael Jackson lived for 15 years, getting a rare look inside the private world of the King of Pop (Photo by Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
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