Michael Jackson's Legacy Cemented By Family

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Michael Jackson's Legacy Cemented By Family

Michael Jackson has been honoured in Hollywood, with his three children stamping the singer's glove and shoe prints in cement outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre.

More than 100 fans, celebrities - including Justin Bieber and Chris Tucker - and members of the Jackson family attended the event where the youngsters talked about their late father's legacy.

Normally only legendary movie stars and filmmakers are asked to leave their mark outside the Hollywood landmark.

But the King of Pop was immortalised in cement as a special tribute, partially due to the success of his work on screen, including the video Thriller and the posthumous This is It documentary.

Prince Michael, 14, his eldest son, said: "My Dad won the lifetime achievement award. It was an award he strived and worked the hardest to get but for me, and I think for him as well, this right here is his lifetime achievement award.

"This is what he strived to get and this is what we are giving him now today."

Jackson's daughter Paris, 13, imprinted her father's iconic silver sequined glove and wrote his name into the cement, adding a heart in between Michael and Jackson.

Prince Michael and his brother Blanket, nine, put their father's shoes into the cement, and all three left their own handprints next to the singer's.

Paris said: "It meant a lot because my Dad always wanted to have his name here at the Chinese theatre."

The hour-long ceremony included tributes and musical performances from Jackson's friends and family, including his brothers Tito and Jackie, who were part of the Jackson 5.

"Michael, we miss you, that's for sure. There's hardly a day that goes by without him going on in my mind somehow, some way, and I know he is here today with us," said Tito Jackson.

Jackson's mother Katherine called the event "a very, very solemn occasion for my son".

Paris introduced a performance by Bieber, a singer who found fame at an early age like Jackson.

"I don't usually get nervous but I'm a little nervous right now," Bieber said.

He added: "He was more than an entertainer. He was an inspiration. People are going to remember for his dancing and singing, but people have got to remember him for the man he was. 

"I want to be the best I can be... That's what Michael did. He was always dancing. He was always practicing."

Musical producer Quincy Jones, who worked with him on his most successful album, Thriller, Motown singer Smokey Robinson and comedian Chris Tucker, a friend of Jackson's, shared their personal memories of Jackson.

The pop star died, aged 50 ,in June 2009 from an overdose of the anaesthetic propofol in Los Angeles, where he was preparing for a series of comeback shows in London.

His former doctor Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in November and jailed for four years .

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