Remembering “the greatest entertainer that ever lived”
Michael Jackson’s brothers walk his coffin into the Staples Center in L.A.
Boss Lady and Kiki watched the touching and often gut-wrenching memorial service for Michael Jackson yesterday.
We moved our laptops for the day to sit before our office’s TV, and stayed glued to our seats as Michael’s fans, friends and family celebrated his life in music, speeches and many tears.
The beautiful service included moving speeches by longtime friends Brooke Shields, Al Sharpton, Magic Johnson, and the shortest, sweetest and most heart-breaking words from Paris, Michael Jackson’s daughter.
As she broke down in tears she said “I just wanted to say, ever since I was born, daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. And I just wanted to say, I love him so much.”
Any derogatory portrayals that the media made of Michael as a father seemed to be put to rest with these words.
See below for more highlights in pictures, and videos of performances:
Michael’s older brother, Jermaine Jackson, performed an emotional rendition of “Smile” by Charlie Chaplin – Michael’s favorite song.
Stevie Wonder played piano as he sang “Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer”.
Michael’s sisters, Janet, La-Toya and Rebbie
Michael’s children, Paris Katherine, Prince Michael Jackson and Prince Michael Jackson II (with his MJ doll!)
Usher embraces Michael’s mother Katherine after performing “Gone Too Soon”
Motown founder Berry Gordy called Michael Jackson “the greatest entertainer that ever lived”
What was the most memorable moment for you during the service?