I'm kinda torn. I mean, his music was part of the fabric of my entire life, but the things he was accused of later in his life...it's hard to listen to the music these days without thinking of the other things.
Michael Jackson should be remembered for his artistry, but also for his life, which showed us that fame and fortune can neither fulfill nor cast aside the demons that besiege us from within. He spent his whole life trying to be the man he wanted to be, instead of cultivating the man he was.
I just wasn't a fan of much of anything he did AFTER "Off The Wall"; I love that album - Quincy Jones nailed it! The J5 was all good - classic!
With musical tastes aside, he was one of the most well-known humans alive. Might have very well been a compassionate philanthropist. He certainly was a son, brother and father, which to me, is way more important than his "Pop" status...
All I know is that I was at a huge outdoor concert in Brooklyn last night, and they played his music over the PA in tribute, as everybody was exiting the venue. We went to a few bars later, and every place was playing his music.