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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Michael Jackson's Daughter Paris Wears "Thriller" Jacket at Tribute Concert


The King of Pop's three children -- Prince,
14, Paris, 13, and Blanket, 9 -- paid tribute
to their late father at the Michael Forever
concert in Cardiff, Wales Saturday.

"We're very happy to be here on this
special night to honor our father," said
Paris, who wore a replica of her father's
famous red and black leather jacket from
his "Thriller" music video.

Several performers took to the glove-
shaped stage, including Christina Aguilera,
Leona Lewis and Cee Lo Green. The Black
Eyed Peas pulled out of the lineup earlier
this week citing "unavoidable
circumstances."

Despite the current manslaughter trial
involving Jackson's former doctor, Conrad
Murray, the evening's performers chose to
ignore the court case and focus on the
singer's musical legacy.

"It's not about the controversy," Ne-Yo,
who kicked off the show with a rendition
of "Billie Jean," said. "It's not about the trial.
It's not about his death. It's about
celebrating his life. It's about celebrating
his music."

Other performers included Jennifer
Hudson, LaToya Jackson, Gladys Knight,
Pixie Lott, 3T, Alexandra Burke, Alien Ant
Farm, Craig David, Diversity, JLS and
Smokey Robinson. Beyonce Knowles, 30,
also performed via satellite video.
More
than 50,000 people attended the tribute
concert, which was hosted by Fearne
Cotton and Jamie Foxx.

Jackson died in June 2009 as he was
preparing for a series of comeback
concerts in London. Murray is accused of
giving Jackson a lethal dose of the
anesthetic propofol in the hours leading up
to his death.

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