The King of Pop’s musical influences

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Michael Jackson has influenced some of the most popular artists and entertainers out right now: Usher, Beyoncé and Chris Brown — the list goes on and is significantly long.

But what about the entertainers who have inspired the King of Pop himself?

As we mark the fourth anniversary of MJ’s death, check out the list of performers who have both influenced and paved the way for him — shown in a variety of groundbreaking music videos to dancing techniques to vocal style.