50K Cheer Jacko's Kids at Tribute Show

Paris wears replica of dad's 'Thriller' jacket at Michael Forever

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Oct 9, 2011 9:52 AM CDT

(Newser) – Michael Jackson's trio of offspring took to a glove-shaped stage last night to pay tribute to their late dad—with more than a passing nod to Jacko's sense of style, notes People. "We're very happy to be here on this special night to honor our father," Paris Jackson told some 50,000 fans gathered in Cardiff, Wales, at the Michael Forever tribute show. Thirteen-year-old Paris, clad in a replica of Jacko's red leather "Thriller" jacket, appeared with brothers Prince, 14, and Blanket, 9, to introduce Beyonce at the star-studded show.

The tribute was not without controversy, though, coming as the manslaughter trial of Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, plays out in California. Part of Jackson's family boycotted the event, while the children appeared and sister LaToya performed. "It's not about the trial," said Ne-Yo, who performed, along with Cee-Lo Green, Jennifer Hudson, Christina Aguilera, among others. "It's not about his death. It's about celebrating his life. It's about celebrating his music."

Prince Michael Jackson dances with Paris Jackson on stage for the finale of the Michael Forever the Tribute Concert, at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011.
Prince Michael Jackson dances with Paris Jackson on stage for the finale of the Michael Forever the Tribute Concert, at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
From left, Latoya Jackson, Blanket Jackson, Prince Jackson, Paris Jackson and others join together on stage in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011.
From left, Latoya Jackson, Blanket Jackson, Prince Jackson, Paris Jackson and others join together on stage in Cardiff, Wales, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Prince Jackson, Blanket Jackson, and Paris Jackson arrive on stage at the Michael Forever the Tribute Concert, at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011.
Prince Jackson, Blanket Jackson, and Paris Jackson arrive on stage at the Michael Forever the Tribute Concert, at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Paris Jackson arrives on stage at the Michael Forever the Tribute Concert, at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011.
Paris Jackson arrives on stage at the Michael Forever the Tribute Concert, at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2011.   (AP Photo/Joel Ryan)
Prince Jackson, Blanket Jackson, and Paris Jackson appear onstage at the 'Michael Forever' concert at The Millenium Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales.
Prince Jackson, Blanket Jackson, and Paris Jackson appear onstage at the 'Michael Forever' concert at The Millenium Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Cardiff, Wales.   (Getty Images)
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