Kevin Mazur / Associated Press
Remembering Michael Jackson. It would be shocking and immoral to call Michael Jackson's death a good thing, but its aftermath has been most positive for pop. Critics reassessing MJ's art and life produced much of the year's best music writing; young artists stepped up their game, wrestling with his legacy. We all confronted deep matters of race, fame, family and art as we mourned together, immersed in one of the greatest musical catalogs of all time.
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