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A brief history of celebrities impersonating Michael Jackson

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Musician Mac DeMarco paid tribute to the late Michael Jackson in his latest music video… by wearing an incredibly disturbing mask of Jackson’s face.

But he’s not the first to pretend to be MJ. Between his memorable chart-toppers and equally memorable voice, Jackson is a popular subject for impersonations: Before DeMarco came Adam Levine, Bruno Mars, Eddie Murphy, Justin Timberlake, and Russell Crowe—yes, Russell Crowe. 

Adam Levine

The Maroon 5 frontman showed off his impersonation skills on an episode of The Tonight Show in a game of Wheel of Musical Impressions with Jimmy Fallon—including his impression of Jackson singing a non-Jackson song: the Sesame Street theme song.