Watch a Supercut of James Brown’s Legacy in Dance

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Aug. 4 2014 2:03 PM

Watch a Supercut of James Brown’s Legacy in Dance

BEIRUT, LEBANON: American soul legend James Brown performs in Beirut late 02 January 2000 as part of a two-week millennium music and performing arts extravaganza held at an open-air stage on the Lebanese capital's Mediterranean riviera. The Beirut millennium shows, which include performances by Arab and international stars, began with Christmas and will carry on till January 10th, covering the new millennium and the end of the holy month of Ramadan with the Muslim feast of al-Fitr. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) (Photo credit should read RAMZI HAIDAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Photo by RAMZI HAIDAR/AFP/Getty Images

When Michael Jackson presented James Brown with the BET Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, he said, “Nobody has influenced me more than this man right here.” To see what Jackson was talking about, you need only look at his dance moves—even his classic moonwalk took its shape from Brown’s own “camel walk.”

But of course Jackson is hardly the only artist to have borrowed some steps from Brown. We collected videos of just a few of the most notable artists—Prince, Mick Jagger, Janelle Monáe, Bruno Mars, and more—who have paid homage to the “Godfather of Soul” by performing his signature moves.


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