Michael Jackson loved working with other artists. He andLionel Richie wrote and performed "We Are The World," the song that brought together dozens of artistsand raised millions to fight famine in Africa.Paul McCartney, Diana Ross, and StevieWonder.
But there is one artist he never had a chance to workwith-Lady Gaga.
Jacksonwanted to invite the "Paparazzi" singer to join him on stage during his "ThisIs It" tour, his former choreographer Travis Payne told RafflesEntertainment.
When Payne asked Jacksonif he wanted to feature other artists in the show, the late King Of Pop lovedthe idea.
"Sure, they can all come as long as their schedules[permit]," Payne recalled Jacksonsaying.Janet, Whitney Houston, Diana Ross, MariahCarey, Missy Elliott, Usher, Justin Timberlake, Celine Dion, Sting, Seal, Bono,and Tina Turner.
Jacksonwas pleased with the list. But when Payne asked if there was anyone else hewanted to work with, Jacksonnamed the 2009 breakthrough artist.
"[Michael] literally told me, 'You got to get into her,'"Payne said. "'She's good.'"
Jackson'sadmiration for Lady Gaga got Payne interested. "I started listening to hermusic more and going onto YouTube and looking at her performances, and I waslike, 'You're right.'"
Ironically, in November, Payne received a call from LadyGaga.
"I told her the story," Payne said. "Of course she got movedby it."
Payne ended up directing and choreographing Lady Gaga's performanceon the American Music Awards, as well as her sets on "Ellen," "The Jay Leno Show," and "X-Factor."
- Travis Payne