Prince, Paris and Blanket Jackson paid tribute to their dad Michael Jackson on a glove shaped stage in Wales as tens of thousands of fans cheered them on! “We’re very happy to be here on this special night to honor our father,” said Paris, rockin a Thriller jacket. AY PARIS! Where can I get me wunna dem?!
Poor Blanket looks totally bewildered. I dont know why they keep throwing him out there to the wolves. He doesn't seem like he's feeling it at all!
Ne-Yo kicked off the show with his rendition of "Billie Jean" a moonwalking attempt. He also had a few words to say which, if it were me, I would have chosen to leave them out.
Here is what he said It's not about the controversy...It's not about the trial. It's not about his death. It's about celebrating his life. It's about celebrating his music.
Yeah...if its not about that, why even bring it up? Every time I hear about all of that BS I cringe.
Aside from Ne-Yo, other performances included Gladys Knight, Leona Lewis, Smokey Robinson, Cee-Lo, Christina Aguilera, a video performance from Beyonce and last but not least Michael's brothers Marlon, Jackie and Tito (The Jackson 3?) singing Blame It On The Boogie with a British boy band named JLS.
The line-up turned out halfway decent....its not as bootleg as I expected it to be but it could have been better. Not saying that the artists in the line-up weren't great, I understand the presence of Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson, because not only are they legends but they probably changed Michael's diapers, but in addition to them, I wish they could have secured a few more current acts. Chris Brown tried to attend, but due to the fact that he used to like punching bytchez in the face, he was denied a Visa.
But where was everybody else?! Every artist everywhere should have dropped everything to be at this tribute concert! Every young artist on stage right now wouldn't be doing what theyre doing if it wasn't for Mike! Yeah they might still be on that stage but their routine would be way different! Theyre the first ones to "borrow" from Mike but the last ones to lend his mother a little bit of their time? I bet if they were invited to the Royal Wedding their azz would have found the time to be there!
At least Beyonce did some pre-recorded ish! Yes it would have been nice if she had showed up in person but she did something! Shame on ____Insert name of all absent performers here____ for not being there. Thats why I didn't buy your album! Well...thats gonna be my new excuse for not buying it anyway.
On the other hand, I don't know why I'm fussing at them for not showing up considering half of Michael's own siblings didn't even show up. Jermaine, Randy and Janet decided not to attend because they felt it was wrong for the tribute concert to go on during the manslaughter trial of Dr. Conrad Murray.
I see their point, but I also understand why their mother decided to throw the concert at that time. I'm sure the trial was a lot to deal with. It probably took a lot out of Mrs. Jackson to have to deal with that. Its a depressing time for her as well as Michael's kids and she probably wanted to do something to keep their minds off of it. Everyone deals with grief differently and she probably didnt want to wrap herself up in that trial and put herself through that.
Before the show, Marlon Jackson said just that, that he respected his siblings' decision. "Each one of us grieves differently...We want to celebrate the positive side of his life, the positive things that he did."
At the end of the day, the most important thing was that Michael's mother and children were happy with the show. It seems like it went well.
Read more about this special night at Billboard.com
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