Michael Jackson may be gone, but he's certainly not forgotten. 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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