Subsequent to learning about Michael's passing, Barry Manilow shared some fond memories of the entertainer in an exclusive interview with "Entertainment Tonight back in 2009. Barry was a featured performer in a tribute to Michael at the 1984 "American Music Awards" alongside Kenny Rogers and good friend, Diana Ross. According to Barry, he met Michael by way of their good disc jockey and television personality, Dick Clark, a week prior to the awards ceremony. As stated by Barry, Michael got in touch with Dick Clark and asked if he could set up a meeting between the two of them because Michael was a big fan of his; in addition, to asking Barry to take part in the tribute given his honor, and he told Michael he would do it. As stated by Barry in his interview, the world was a beautiful place knowing people like Michael was in the world, and acknowledged that he was also one the greatest entertainers who ever lived; as well, as offering his condolensces to his family.