For the special commemorative issue, TIME spoke with Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Nancy Reagan, Lenny Kravitz, Jesse Jackson, Tommy Mottola, Berry Gordy, Spike Lee, Sheryl Crow, Anjelica Huston, Clive Davis, Al Sharpton, Deepak Chopra, Kobe Bryant, Lance Bass, Oscar De La Hoya, Savion Glover, A.R. Rahman, Peter Gabriel, John Mayer and others.
Take a second to watch this...gosh, it's been years since I've seen this video. I much prefer Michael with this look. I thought he actually looked pretty sexy. Leave it to Herb Ritts. He had to convince Michael that he would look fantastic wearing these clothes and with his hair slicked back in a ponytail. It's been said he was extremely shy during the shoot with Naomi Campbellyou .
Another bit of gossip regarding this song--it's Madonna you hear whispering on the track. She tried to convince Michael that perhaps it wasn't the best idea to name a song, "In the Closet". Whether Michael was being naive, or just plain didn't care, the title stuck.
It's one of his best videos. H O T.