Smokey Robinson, Cee Lo Green and Gladys Knight perform at Michael Jackson tribute concert – video

Beyonce and late singer's family also pay their respects at Cardiff show

Smokey Robinson, Cee Lo Green, Gladys Knight and members of Michael Jackson‘s family turned out to perform at a special tribute concert for the late singer in Cardiff last night (October 8).

The stars turned out at the Millennium Stadium to pay tribute to Jackson, who died two years ago at the age of 50, by performing hits from his back catalogue.

Beyonce also paid her respects in a pre-taped performance at the ‘Michael Forever’ show, which was introduced by the late singer’s three children Prince, Blanket and Paris who all donned outfits reflecting Jackson’s career.


Beyonce sported a Jackson Five-style afro as she covered their hit, ‘I Wanna Be Where You Are’. She told the crowd it was the first song she had performed with her former group Destiny’s Child, reports BBC News. Watch footage of her performance by scrolling down and clicking below.

Michael Jackson‘s brothers, Tito, Marlon and Jackie also performed at the event, while his sister, La Toya, came out of retirement to play for the late singer.

“I have put musical performance behind me for roughly two decades,” she said. “But there will never be another magical moment such as this to celebrate Michael with his fans to perpetuate the importance of his legacy.

She added:

I am honoured to share the stage with the incredible performers in this line-up, and I’m certain nothing would make my brother smile bigger or brighter than this tribute concert.

The gig courted controversy from the outset with his other brothers Jermaine and Randy Jackson though who said the concert was “inappropriate” and “ill-timed” as it clashed with the trial of Jackson‘s doctor Conrad Murray.

Black Eyed Peas also withdrew from the line-up just a few days before the show too.


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