In late 1996, Jackson remarried
to nurse Debbie Rowe; over the next two years, the couple had two
children, a son Prince Michael Jackson Jr. and a daughter Paris
Michael Katherine Jackson. However, Jackson and Rowe divorced in
late 1999. In 2001, Jackson was inducted into the Rock and Roll
Hall of Fame, and later held a massive concert at Madison Square
Garden to celebrate the 30th anniversary of his first solo record.
Among the guests, the show featured the first on-stage reunion
of the Jacksons since the Victory tour.
In the wake of September 11, Jackson put together an all-star
charity benefit single, "What More Can I Give." His new album, Invincible,
was released late in the year, marking the first time he'd issued
a collection of entirely new material since Dangerous; it found
him working heavily with urban soul production wizard Rodney Jerkins.
Invincible debuted at number one and quickly went double-platinum;
however, its initial singles,
"You Rock My World" and "Butterflies," had rather
disappointing showings on the charts, with the latter not even
reaching the Top Ten. To compound matters, the expensive "What
More Can I Give" single and video were cancelled by Sony after
executive producer Marc Schaffel was revealed to work in pornography.
From that point, Jackson's career took an extreme turn towards
the bizarre, starting with MTV's annual Video Awards. When Britney
Spears presented him with a birthday cake, an offhand remark about
being the artist of the millennium inspired a rambling Jackson
to accept a meaningless trophy (which everyone presenting onstage
received) as an actual Artist of the Millennium award.