This Week in Music History: Michael Jackson's "Thriller" Wins A Record-Breaking 8 Grammys

Michael Jackson, otherwise known as the “King of Pop,” is widely recognized as the biggest music icon and pop culture figure in history. Jackson was named the Most Successful Entertainer of All Time by Guinness World Records, is one of the few artists to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, and his record Thriller is the best-selling album of all time (with an estimated 65 million in sales worldwide). Jackson has won hundreds of awards — making him the most awarded recording artist in the history of popular music — and celebrated one particular honor on this very week, 34 years ago.

On February 28th, 1983, Michael Jackson won a record-breaking eight awards during the the 26th Annual Grammy Awards. MJ took home Album of the Year and Record of the Year for Thriller, Record of the Year for Beat It, and other honors like Best R&B and Best Pop Vocal Performance for jams like Billie Jean. Beyoncé and Adele may have dominated this year’s Grammy’s, but neither came close to beating The King’s impressive record.

Ready for more monumental moments in music history? The iHeartRadio Music Awards are about one week away, so don’t forget to grab your tickets to the show now, or tune into TBS, TNT, and truTV at 8pm ET/5pm PT on Sunday, March 5 to catch all of the action live. In the meantime, you can listen to all of your favorite Michael Jackson tracks on demand, right here, on iHeartRadio!