Today, Michael was given the key to the city of Detroit posthumously at a private event that launched Detroit Music Weekend. Michael’s Jackson 5 brothers, Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon were also given the key. The news we reported previously of having a street named after Michael had to be cancelled due to various restrictions.
Detroit police chief James Craig presented the honours and called all the brothers “truly Detroiters.” After the presentation of the keys, there was a 90 minute performance from multiple acts performing the big hits from the Jackson 5, Jacksons and Michael Jackson’s back catalogue. It ended with an extended version of Michael’s ‘Don’t Stop ’til You Get Enough’ that featured keyboardist Greg Phillingames, a Detroit native, who acted as music director for Michael’s ‘Bad’ and ‘Dangerous’ World Tours, as well as the ‘Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special’ in 2001.
This isn’t the first time Michael has received keys to a city. During his life he was presented multiple times with keys, including from his hometown Gary, Indiana (as can be seen in the photo above) and Las Vegas.