Michael Jackson: The Memorial

8.7.09

In what was perhaps a fitting tribute for the King of Pop, thousands attended a memorial service at the Staples Center in LA. Millions more watched around the world as the golden casket of Michael Jackson was wheeled center stage, surrounded by his family and the lucky 17,000 ticket holders.

Musical tributes came from Mariah Carey, John Mayer, Jennifer Hudson, Lionel Ritchie, Stevie Wonder, and Jackson's own brother Jermaine. Brooke Shields, the Rev Al Sharpton and Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee spoke in a tribute which lasted over two hours.

Perhaps the most poignant of the line-up was the finale- Earth Song and Heal the World, with the Jackson family joining the performers on stage. This followed with a tribute by Jackson's daughter, Paris which was the most emotional part of the entire evening.

I only hope that the King of Pop can now rest in peace.
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