Michael Jackson’s kids headline Grauman’s tribute

27 Jan


Michael Jackson’s sons, from left, Prince and Blanket watch as their sister Paris presses a glove worn by their father into a cement block in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre during Thursday’s ceremony honouring the late King of Pop.

Michael Jackson’s children paid tribute to their father at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Thursday, with Canadian teen sensation Justin Bieber among those who joined the homage.

Prince, Paris and Blanket made impressions of Jackson’s hand and footprints into a cement marker outside the historic Hollywood venue using a sequined glove and pair of shoes worn by the late King of Pop.

Jackson’s mother Katherine and his brothers Tito, Marlon and Jackie were also attendance.

“He was more than an entertainer. He was an inspiration, the way he was kind. He was gentle. He was very charitable —that’s why I look up to him. People are going to remember him for his dancing and his singing, but people [also] have to remember him for the man that he was,” Bieber said, during one of several speeches.

In addition to Bieber and fellow Canadian singer Melanie Fiona, the guest list included famous Jackson friends, colleagues and fans such as Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson, Chris Tucker and Harry Shum Jr., a cast member of TV’s Glee.

The ceremony coincides with the Los Angeles run of the Cirque du Soleil’s new hit show Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, which debuted in Montreal in October and has been touring North America.

Thursday’s tribute marks the first posthumous print ceremony for Grauman’s theatre since organizers began awarding the honour in the late 1920s.


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