Michael, on the rise towards "King of Pop" status, circa Off the Wall
on the June 1980 cover of Blues & Soul
. Despite its commercial success, Jackson felt Off the Wall
should have made a much bigger impact, and was determined to exceed expectations with his next release. About the 1980 Grammys, Jackson stated that, "It was totally unfair that it didn't get Record of the Year and it can never happen again"
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