The King of Pop was scheduled to have a street in Motown named after him on Friday (June 15), but due to a case of miscommunication with the Jackson family, the ceremony has now been cancelled.
According to the Detroit Free Press, the event was tabled after the surviving Jackson siblings found out the street was to be named Michael Jackson Avenue. The group – who will be headlining the Detroit Music Weekend festival – were under the impression that all of the Jackson 5 would be honored with the street name.
The problem arose due to a recent amendment passed by the Detroit City Council which prohibits ceremonial street designations for organizations or groups. Stephen Grady, chief of staff for council president Brenda Jones, previously said that the decision to go with Michael Jackson Avenue was “a compromise.”
“We’re still working through the process,” Grady said Wednesday (June 13), following the ceremony’s cancellation. “The amendment to the ordinance is fairly new, and we’re trying to understand what we can do. We still plan to do something for the Jackson 5.”
As the Associated Press previously reported, a section of Randolph Street in downtown Detroit was to be renamed Michael Jackson Avenue during a ceremony set for June 15, as part of the Detroit Music Weekend.
Four of Jackson’s brothers — Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon — will be performing during the festival, and will also be presented with a key to the city.
Although the Jackson family originally hails from Gary, Indiana, The Jackson Five signed to Motown in 1968 — when Michael was just 9 years old — delivering a string of hits for the iconic label including “I Want You Back” and “ABC.”
Although his early solo work — including his game-changing “Off the Wall” album — was released through Motown, his biggest successes came while he was signed to Sony, which released the mega-hit album “Thriller”, which holds the record for best-selling album of all time.