I watched the Michael Jackson Memorial today on CNN.
What a beautiful tribute to a very talented man. I recorded the show on my vcr (yes I still own one) and my dvr.
I wasn’t brave enough to watch BET’s so called tribute last week but I heard and read that it was a disaster. So glad my eyes didn’t have to suffer through that fiasco.
Today’s memorial was a joy to watch. I enjoyed every performance. Now that was some real talent. I had to grab my box of kleenex and boy did I use it. Many times during the show I cried like a baby. Michael had quite an effect on everyone he met. From Lionel Richie and Berry Gordy to Smokey Robinson and Brooke Shields. Lionel Richie singing Jesus Is Love (haven’t heard that song in years), Jennifer Hudson singing You Will Be There and John Mayer performing Human Nature. I just sat there mesmerized by everyone that stepped on that stage. I lost it too. Listening to Jermaine Jackson singing Smile after Brooke spoke and seeing Michael’s daughter Paris speaking at the end had me in tears.
I can’t remember the last time I cried so much watching something on television.
My prayers go out to the entire Jackson family.
Thank you to Katherine and Joe Jackson for bringing Michael into the world so we could all enjoy his talent. He’s now resting in peace but his music will live on forever.
By Lisa De Moraes and Ashley Surdin
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, July 7, 2009 7:14 PM
The world capital of excess said goodbye to the King of Pop in a public memorial service choked with celebrities and tear-welling moments that was broadcast live from the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles and streamed around the globe.
Hollywood stars joined family, friends and fans from across the nation in bidding farewell to Jackson that featured emotional tributes to the man they hailed as the world’s greatest entertainer.
The star-studded extravaganza at the Staples Center followed a private funeral service attended by Jackson’s family and friends at a Hollywood Hills cemetery this morning.
Pastor Lucious W. Smith of the Friendship Baptist Church in Pasadena gave the invocation, followed by Mariah Carey singing the opening number with a sweet rendition of the Jackson 5 ballad “I’ll Be There,” in a duet with Trey Lorenz.
Among those who feted Jackson were Motown founder Berry Gordy, the Rev. Al Sharpton and NBA greats Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant. The memorial opened with Motown great Smokey Robinson stumbling through letters of condolence from singing legend Diana Ross and former South African leader Nelson Mandela.
Then, as a gospel choir began to sing and the golden casket containing Jackson’s body was brought into the arena and about 18,000 stood up and were silent No more crying, we are going to see the king A concert worker’s eyes filled with tears. “Oh my God, it’s him!” said a woman in the audience.
“We Love You, Michael!” another woman called out, to cheers and applause.
The Carey/Lorenz performance was followed by Stevie Wonder, who performed “I Never Dreamed You’d Leave in Summer.” “This is a moment that I wished I did not live to see come,” Wonder said.
Other musicians who participated included Lionel Richie, performed “Jesus Is Love,” a pregnant Jennifer Hudson singing “Will You Be There,” and Usher, who sang “Gone Too Soon” as he walked over to rest his hand on Jackson’s casket.
“He did have two personalities,” Gordy told the assemblage.
“Offstage, he was shy, soft-spoken and childlike,” Gordy continued. “But when he took the stage in front of his screaming fans, he turned into another person — a master, a take-no-prisoners showman. It was like kill or be killed. . . . King of Pop is not big enough for him; I think he is simply the greatest entertainer that ever lived.”
“I never thought I’d live to see him be gone,” said Robinson, returning to the stage to tell about how Jackson outsang him on his own tune “Who’s Lovin’ You.” After that, 12-year-old Shaheen Jafargholi — who finished seventh this past season on “Britain’s Got Talent” and sang “Who’s Lovin’ You” in the competition — came out to sing that tune. Jackson had invited Jafargholi to perform in his upcoming London concert series.
Check out the entire article about the memorial at the Washington Post.