MJ was my first introduction to pop music, I used to watch him ALL the time--I even learned to Moonwalk in college (little known fact). I defended him in my circle of friends and still faithfully listened to his albums as I drove with my windows down. Artists today would have nothing to imitate if it weren't for MJ.
In closing, I leave you with my favorite MJ video of all time. 10-4 good buddy.