Michael Jackson’s Staples Center Memorial

Michael Jackson's Memorial Service.

The memorial tribute for King of Pop, Michael Jackson, was as extravagant and over-the-top as his life was.  The memorial service, called “Michael Jackson Remembered,” was more like a concert rather than a funeral.  CNN estimated that millions of people tuned in to watch Michael’s famous friends and family make speeches, performances and give thanks to the King of Pop who not only transformed music and entertainment through his incredible talent, but opened doors for those who still follow.  

Mariah Carey, Andrae Crouch Choir, Berry Gordy (the founder of Motown), Jennifer Hudson, Magic Johnson, Queen Latifah, Kobe Bryant, Martin Luther King III, Bernice A. King, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Rev. Al Sharpton, Pastor Lucious Smith (family friend), Usher, Brooke Shields and Stevie Wonder made appearances, along with the entire Jackson family, including daughter Paris Jackson, 11.

Michael Jackson's Family

Paris told the millions who watched the memorial service that her father, Michael Jackson was “the best father you could ever imagine.”  The other speakers and presenters gave Michael credit for his great contributions to multiple charities around the world, contributions that earned him a spot in the Guinness book of world records for the most donations by a performer.  

Watch Paris speak:

Embedded video from CNN Video

  Famous friends including Brooke Shields, Queen Latifah and Magic Johnson took the Staples Center stage to share personal memories with the crowd.  Queen Latifah shared a poem that Maya Angelou wrote for the occasion, and Brooke Shields choked up over Michael’s famous glove and perhaps not so famous sense of humor.   Prior to the public memorial held at the Staples Center, there was a private service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park and Cemetary in the Hollywood Hills.  This ceremony was for over a thousand close friends and family in a program called “Celebration of Life.”  They mourned Michael in a closed casket ceremony. One thing is for sure: the world will not soon forget Michael Jackson’s life, music or charity, even if his career was at times overshadowed by scandal.  He will live on through the millions of fans who have stayed captivated by his talent for over five decades.  

Watch Mariah Carey sing “I’ll Be There:”


Watch Usher’s tribute to Michael:



Watch “We are the World:”

Embedded video from CNN Video

Watch what Justin Timberlake had to say about the loss of Michael Jackson:


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