mijac & beyonce*Beyoncé honored the King of Pop with an open letter this Monday, on the third anniversary of his death.

She shared with Michael about her history in getting to know him as a musician.

“When I was just starting out, my first producer used to make me listen to Michael Jackson’s live performance of ‘Who’s Loving You,’” she wrote. “He would have me watch that for hours back to back to back.”

The singer acknowledged that she learned so much from him, including soul singing. She thanked him for being the artist he was and being the example he has been for her.

Check out the full letter here.