Teen channels Michael Jackson and the whole school cheers

The inimitable Michael Jackson will be remembered for many things. One will certainly his mysterious and sometimes strange personal life. It provided endless fodder for the tabloids: recall the Neverland ranch, the pet chimpanzee, and the hyperbaric oxygen chamber. There was also his unfortunate addiction to plastic surgery. We should allow, however, that Jackson had a difficult upbringing at the hands of a tyrannical father.

In the long run, though, it’s the music that will be Michael Jackson’s real legacy. His singing talent, sensational dancing abilities, and all-around skill as a performer are what made him a superstar with the well-earned nickname the “King of Pop.” Over the years, he created many memorable, iconic looks. Think of the red and black jacket from the “Thriller” music video. Thriller, incidentally, was released in 1982 and to this day is still the number one selling album ever.

It’s easy enough to dress up like Jackson: just put on a single sequined glove! But coming anywhere close to matching the King of Pop’s talent, now that’s a tall order. And yet there is a teenager from Turlock, Claifornia who gets about as close to this as possible.

Brett Nichols was a shy-looking junior at Pitman High School when he performed “Billie Jean” at a talent show, wowing his fellow students. He soon made the news and became an internet sensation. “I had gone to first period, and a resource teacher of mine showed me a comment on the official video where someone told me I’m big in the Netherlands. I was like, ‘Oh, that’s really cool.’ I was thinking a little big of myself. But it wasn’t until the next class where all these teachers came in and they were like, ‘Look, you’re on MTV News.'” Brett ended up traveling the world and performing with a Michael Jackson cover band!

Brett obviously put a lot of effort into studying his idol and practicing his complex dance routines. Check out the video posted below and let us know what you think in the comments at Facebook. Don’t forget to like and share!