Michael Jackson was a pop star of the world.After his death he's three children have joined thousands of the late pop star's fans for a memorial concert at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium.They are Prince Michael, 14, Paris, 13, and Blanket, nine, watched acts including Christina Aguilera, Smokey Robinson, Leona Lewis and boy band JLS.They took to the stage dressed in outfits reflecting Jackson's career and were greeted by rapturous applause.
|Michael Jackson's children Prince (l), Blanket (c) and Paris introduced|
Beyonce's performance at the Michael Forever gig
Michael Jackson Forever gig honoured the star who died in 2009, aged 50.JLS, Gladys Knight, Craig David, Leona Lewis, Smokey Robinson and Alexandra Burke told the BBC what the concert meant to them. Performance clips courtesy Iambic Media LTD.Jackson's three children introduced Beyonce's performance, with Blanket, the youngest child at nine, looking stunned by the noise and lights, but the elder two seeming at ease on stage.
Paris told the audience: "We're very happy to be here on this special night to honour our father."After beyonce, who wore her hair in a Jackson Five-style afro, played one of the group's hits, Where You Are, saying it was the first song she had performed with her former group Destiny's Child.
Michael Jackson's brothers, Tito, Marlon and Jackie, performed at the event, which was hosted by actor Jamie Foxx and presenter Fearne Cotton."I am honoured to share the stage with the incredible performers in this line-up, and I'm certain nothing would make my brother smile bigger or brighter than this tribute concert."
However, not all the Jackson family were behind the concert.Two other siblings, Jermaine and Randy Jackson, said the concert was "inappropriate" and "ill-timed" because it was held during the criminal trial of Conrad Murray, the doctor charged with involuntary manslaughter over the star's death in June 2009.
Jackson's sister Janet Jackson also decided not to attend.And Marlon Jackson said he respected their decision and added: "Each one of us grieves differently. We want to celebrate the positive side of his life, the positive things that he did."R&B star Ne-Yo, who gave a rendition of Billie Jean, 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."
Fearne Cotton, who is co-hosting the concert, backstage with Marlon, Jackie and Tito Jackson Fearne Cotton, who is co-hosting the concert, backstage with Marlon, Jackie and Tito Jackson
Michael Jackson fan Helen Rees-Smith, from Blackwood, in Caerphilly county, was at the concert."It's a chance to remember what a great talent he was and to show his family that the memory lives on," she said.Paul King, one of the organisers, said there had been a slow start to ticket sales, but added: "All of a sudden this week it exploded and we were selling 1,000 tickets an hour yesterday." The show was expected to have sold out.