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This year's BET Awards will be paying homage to music's royal highness; During Sthe June 27 telecast, producers are planning all-star tributes to the late, great King of Pop Michael Jackson, and the funk rock genius Prince.

Throughout their illustrious careers, comparisons have been drawn between the two multiple Grammy Award winning music acts. From their timeless chart-topping classics and global mainstream appeal to their humble upbringing, religious beliefs and individual artistry, Michael Jackson and Prince have mirrored each other.
In celebration of the two music icons being honored at 'BET Awards '10,' we match up the facts about their lives to show how much they had in common aside from their obvious impact on black music.


(M) Full Name: Michael Joseph Jackson
(P) Full Name: Prince Rogers Nelson

(M) Date of Birth:
Aug. 29, 1958
(P) Date of Birth: June 7, 1958

(M) Birthplace: Gary, Ind.
(P) Birthplace: Minneapolis

(M) Religion: Jehovah's Witness
(P) Religion: Jehovah's Witness

(M) Known Trends: Leather jackets, slick pop-locking dance moves, sequined gloves and socks
(P) Known Trends: Big hair, lace, eye patches, heeled boots

(M) Famous Rivalries: Prince, Paul McCartney, The Media
(P) Famous Rivalries: Michael Jackson, Rick James, Warners Bros. Records

(M) Musical Influences: Little Richard, Jackie Wilson, James Brown
(P) Musical Influences: Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, and Sly & the Family Stone

(M) Alleged Stolen Traits: Jeffrey Daniel of Shalamar revealed on TV One's 'UnSung' that he originated the backslide, which later became known to the world as the moonwalk.
(P) Alleged Stolen Traits: Rick James alleged that Prince stole his style and stage persona early in his career.

(M) Notable Relationships: Lisa Marie Presley, Debbie Rowe, Brooke Shields, Stephanie Mills
(P) Notable Relationships: Kim Basinger, Apollonia Kotero, Sheena Easton, Vanity, Carmen Electra, Mayte Garcia

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To chose the AOL Fandemonium Award winner at this year's BET Awards (nominated: Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Nicki Minaj and Trey Songz), go to the BET Awards Web site for more details or use AOL Lifestream in challenges for fans.








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