Michael Jackson Memorial Service: A Complete Recap

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You may not be there in person, but Michael Jackson's memorial service is set to begin at the Staples Center in L.A. We'll be sharing live updates all afternoon long.

As the all-star lineup including Mariah Carey, John Mayer, Usher and Jennifer Hudson honors the late music icon this afternoon, we'll be posting updates throughout.

Oh, and we'd also like to express our gratitude to our men and women in uniform, along with the police and firefighters nationwide who keep our communities safe 365 days a year. See, Peter King? You can salute these heroes and MJ.

Let the orgy of glorification begin!

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1:05 p.m. EST: Running out of things to talk about after 24-hour coverage for a week straight, CNN is debating whether Michael Jackson is considered a part of the black community, even if his children are white. Please, let the event start soon.

1:10 p.m. EST: Diana Ross' son, Evan, arrived with girlfriend Cora Skinner. Random.

1:12 p.m. EST: Smokey Robinson is kicking off the event via sattelite, reading a letter from Ross, one of Jackson's best friends, and to whom he named guardian of his children if his mother, Katherine, was unable to service in that capacity.

1:15 p.m. EST: A "moment of silence" has been going on for like three minutes.

1:19 p.m. EST: Images from around the U.S. of peeps watching on TV are shown.

1:21 p.m. EST: Security appears tight in downtown Los Angeles. CBS says it is on par with what was during the 1984 Olympics. Either way, this is hella boring.

1:22 p.m. EST: Kenny Ortega of High School Musical fame is apparently directing this event. He says Jackson was "ready" and "optimistic" for his upcoming tour.

1:30 p.m. EST: NBC is analyzing his finances and debating whether Michael Jackson is worth more dead than alive. We are starting to see Peter King's point.

1:34 p.m. EST: A gospel choir just turned in a terrific performance.

1:38 p.m. EST: Pastor Luscious Smith tells the crowd how Michael wanted nothing more than to share his love and soul with the world through music and deeds.

1:42 p.m. EST: Mariah Carey delivers a performance of "I'll Be There," a 1970 #1 hit for the Jackson 5, and that Carey remade into a hit of her own in 1992. Powerful.

1:47 p.m. EST: Queen Latifah pays tribute to Michael by reading a Maya Angelou poem called "We Had Him." She also talked of idolizing Jackson while growing up.

1:50 p.m. EST: Lionel Richie performs "Jesus is Love." Man, can he sing!

1:54 p.m. EST: Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, says that Michael Jackson not only raised the bar, he broke it. Berry says Michael was "like a son" to him, and after acknowledging his "sad times" and "questionable decisions," called him the greatest entertainer who ever lived. Classy speech from start to finish.

2:06 p.m. EST: A video tribute to Jackson is broadcast. It's great.

2:13 p.m. EST: Stevie Wonder sings "I Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer," as the cameras show the Jackson brothers all wearing one white glove to honor Michael.

2:15 p.m. EST: Kobe Bryant is speaking. We just hit MUTE.

2:17 p.m. EST: Magic Johnson thanks MJ for opening up doors for African-Americans, and tearfully describes meeting the music legend as the best moment of his life.

2:21 p.m. EST: Jennifer Hudson covers Michael's hit "Will You Be There."

2:25 p.m. EST: The Rev. Al Sharpton speaks and credits Michael Jackson with everything from elevating the stature of African-American entertainers to getting Barack Obama elected president. Possibly a tiny bit of a stretch there.

2:35 p.m. EST: John Mayer is performing. He is a douchebag, to be sure, but he is playing a mean guitar here in this instrumental version of "Human Nature."

2:41 p.m. EST: Brooke Shields laughs, cries, reflects and chokes up as she remembers her old, dear friend. Very heartfelt, sweet, sad and funny all at once.

2:48 p.m. EST: Michael's brother Jermaine Jackson performs "Smile."

2:55 p.m. EST: Martin Luther King III, son of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Bernice King, MLK's daughter, pay tribute to Jackson with a pair of moving speeches.

3:05 p.m. EST: Sheila Jackson-Lee, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, announces she is introducing a measure honoring MJ's humanitarianism.

3:09 p.m. EST: Usher sings in honor of Jackson.

3:14 p.m. EST: Smokey Robinson speaks about Michael's remarkable talent at such a young age, along with the youngster's fearlessness and ambition.

3:19 p.m. EST: Probably not by accident, a budding child prodigy in his own right, Shaheen Jafargholi, brings the house down with "Who's Lovin' You."

3:23 p.m. EST: Kenny Ortega presents a tribute to the fallen star.

3:26 p.m. EST: The Jackson brothers join together on stage for a stirring performance of "We Are the World," the song Michael made famous back in the '80s.

3:30 p.m. EST: Michael's brother Marlon Jackson speaks while the rest of his brothers - and his children - stand together on stage to say an emotional farewell.

3:41 p.m. EST: In the most unexpected and touching moment of the event, Michael's daughter Paris Jackson speaks and says Michael was the best father ever.


Was the most beautiful emotionaly moving memorial ever in history. Even when our Princess Diana passed it was not us touching and moving as Michael's. I think why we all so moved by it, is because we all saw the real picture of Michale agian, who he realy was and not what the media made him out to be in the last 10 years of his life. People in europe and all over the world did not treat him like his own countryman, it is disgusting how he was portrayed by the media!
Michael's music told his story all his life and that is what the real fans saw, this good and gentle fragile and lonely huma being. He was so misunderstood. I loved MJ since the beginnig of his career and I will miss him, I lost a brother and part of my own person, part of my own history is gone forever! His spirit will live on in his music forever, God bless his gentle soul! MJ, love you more!


The burial of Michael Jackson will be like a piece of shit being flushed down the toilet


It is the last chance to say goodbye to the pop icon, Michael Jackson on the touching. And the best way to repeat your Michael Jackson memories is to treasure up my favorite Michael Jackson DVDs , playback on your portable player


I am a great Fan of micheal and he will 4vr remain a legend in my heart . good or bad he lives on Micheal i love you


Look at this AWESOME image of Michael Jackson with wings like an ANGEL!!! What a touching services for sure a unique and talented man... http://www.cafepress.com/mjang...




I love Michael Jackson and I will miss him. So many people came out to honor him. Random, though, that Evan Ross is dating Brody Jenner's ex girlfriend.


Hollywood rumors straight from the production office I work in (hush hush!) are going around that a new movie is in planning which will be called 'The Two Kings' and it will focus on the life of both Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley (the king of pop and the king of rock-n-roll)


MJ was a great artist but hopefully we can get back to real news after today. There is a related post at http://iamsoannoyed.com/?p=208...


Michael Jackson Biography

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Michael Jackson was the King of Pop, with the best-selling album of all-time and more than a dozen massive hits. After years of physical... More »
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Michael Joseph Jackson