WHAT’S NEW: Michael Jackson’s Children Help Us Remember The “King Of Pop”
On October 8th, alongside 3 generations of Jackson’s family, countless stars appeared in Wales to celebrate the life of the late King of Pop. With appearances from Michael Jackson’s children Prince, Blanket, and Paris Jackson the tribute concert was an event to remember. On a stage designed in the shape of a glove, Ne-Yo opened the show and was followed by memorable performances by Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, and Leona Lewis among many others. Highlights included Christina Aguilera singing Michael Jackson’s favorite song, “Smile” and the anticipated performance by “The Jacksons”. Latoya Jackson also took the stage for a rare performance to celebrate her brother’s life. We are always intrigued to see the heirs to the throne, Jackson’s children appear in public. When alive, Michael Jackson went through extreme measures to keep his children out of the spotlight and now his children who were kept from the public’s eye, are becoming more frequent in appearances when honoring their father. However, on this evening, Michael Jackson’s children felt at home on stage thanking everyone for gathering together to celebrate their father’s legacy.
While the notable appearances of A list stars left many speechless, the absence of others left them with many questions. Despite all of the excitement over the tribute, a few of Michael’s siblings were not as enthused. Brothers Jermaine and Randy as well as sister Janet Jackson did not attend the festivities due to their disapproval of having a tribute celebration while the trial in their brother’s death was in progress. Whether it was bad timing or not, we always long for another chance to relive the genius of Michael Jackson. I only wonder if having too many tributes will take away from their significance if done too frequently. That has yet to be seen as of yet, though.. I believe that the fascination and allure surrounding the King of Pop won’t cease anytime soon. Check out highlights from the Michael Jackson tribute concert below and let us at The High Up know your thoughts.
-Amadi Jae for AOM & The HIGH UP. Follow @AmadiJae on Twitter for the latest in entertainment news!