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Jackson children take to stage

Michael Jackson's three children were guests of honour at a UK concert in memory of the superstar.

Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket took to the stage in front of an audience of 50,000 for the Michael Jackson Forever concert at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday night.

The children of the King of Pop, who died from a drug overdose at the age of 50 on June 25 2009, introduced a performance by Beyonce, who appeared via videolink from the United States to play the Jackson Five hit I Wanna Be Where You Are.

As they stood on stage, dressed as various incarnations of their father's music persona, they were greeted by tumultuous applause.

Blanket, the youngest child, looked stunned by the noise and the lights but the elder two looked at ease on the stage.

Introducing Beyonce, Paris said: "She is always pushing the envelope with her boundless energy and talent. She carries the torch lit by our father and it gives me great pleasure to introduce this woman."

Artists including Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Gladys Knight, JLS and Smokey Robinson performed at the event, which was organised by Jackson's brothers Tito, Marlon and Jackie and hosted by Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx with Fearne Cotton.

Jackie said the family were happy to give something back to UK fans who had "been great to our family for many many years, supporting us".

But the show was affected by several setbacks prior to taking place, and 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 was "inappropriate" and "ill-timed" because it is taking place during the criminal trial of Conrad Murray, the doctor charged with involuntary manslaughter in relation to the star's death, while a number of acts pulled out in the run up to the event.

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