Michael Jackson received a magical star studded sendoff at the Staples Center on Tuesday, so we are providing you with an enchanting photo and video collage of the event. Click on any photo to see it enlarged. The gold colored remembrance program features photos of Michael throughout his 50 years, plus quotes and letters from his family members and close friends.
The five Jackson brothers served as pallbearers and carried the golden, rose-laden casket into the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the public memorial.
Left: The male members of the Jackson family wear single studded gloves to show homage to Michael’s famous fashion statement. Right: Jermaine Jackson, Michael’s older brother tearfully sings Michael’s favorite song, “Smile,” which was written by Charlie Chaplin.
Left: Brooke Shields, actress who once dated Michael offers a choked up eulogy, saying when they were together, to them, they were like kids. Right: John Mayer plays his guitar on a virtually instrumental version of “Human Nature.”
Left: Queen Latifah, singer and actress, reads a piece written by Maya Angelou especially for the remembrance. Right: Oscar winning actress and singer Jenifer Hudson sings Michael’s hit “Will You Be There” from the Free Willy soundtrack. Below is Jennifer Hudson singing “Will You Be There.”
Left: Khloe, Kim, Kourtney and Kris Kardashian were at the Staples Center to honor Michael. Right: Stevie Wonder first shares his memories of Michael before giving a memorable performance of his own.
Left: Kobe Bryant & Magic Johnson, current and former LA Lakers respectively, honor Michael. Johnson also shared a memory of being invited over to Michael’s home for dinner, only to end up sharing a bucket of Kentucky Fried Chicken with the king of Pop. Right: Mariah Carey & Trey Lorenz, performed the first song of the event, a duet of “I’ll Be There.”
Left: R&B star Usher gets choked up as he sings “Gone Too Soon” to the late entertainer, while touching Michael’s casket. Right: Usher enters Staples Center to find his seat. The video below is Usher singing “Gone Too Soon.”
Left: Janet Jackson takes her seat in the Staples Center. Right: With her aunt, Janet Jackson, and brothers Prince Michael and Blanket by her side, Paris Jackson’s farewell to her father is the biggest tearjerker of the already emotional event. The video below is Paris’ goodbye.