Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Stars set to pay tribute to Jackson

A concert paying tribute to Michael Jackson, organised by his family, is taking place in Cardiff

Some of the biggest names in pop music are set to pay tribute to Michael Jackson at a concert organised by his family.

The star's children are expected to be in the audience at the Cardiff event to see performances by Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson.

Beyonce will also perform via videolink at the event which is being hosted by Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx, with Fearne Cotton.

Fans will also see Jackson's sister La Toya who has come out of retirement to perform on the night, along with Jackson brothers Tito, Marlon and Jackie.

La Toya said: "I have put musical performance behind me for roughly two decades. But there will never be another magical moment such as this to celebrate Michael with his fans to perpetuate the importance of his legacy.

"I am honoured to share the stage with the incredible performers in this line-up, and am certain that nothing would make my brother smile bigger or brighter than this tribute concert."

Chart-toppers Black Eyed Peas were also to play but pulled out with less than a week to go, citing "unavoidable circumstances".

The initial announcement of the concert by the star's mother Katherine revealed divisions in the Jackson family.

His brothers Jermaine and Randy said the concert is "inappropriate" and "ill-timed" because it is during the criminal trial of Conrad Murray, the doctor charged with involuntary manslaughter in relation to the star's death.

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