Michael Jackson made it no secret that he was inspired by Fred Astaire.
As clearly seen in this short video, it wasn't only his dancing that
Jackson mirrored. Notice costume and lyrics.
The video contains clips of 'The Band Wagon'... Fred Astaire's 1953 Musical, and clips from Michael Jackson's short films 'Smooth Criminal', 'You Rock My World', and live performances of 'Smooth Criminal' from the 1992 'Dangerous World Tour', and 1995 'MTV Video Music Awards' performance of 'Dangerous'.