by John Mitchell
The late Michael Jackson’s children Prince, 14, Paris, 13, and Blanket, 9, celebrated their father today by helping stamp his famed sequined glove and a pair of his shoes in cement outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
Justin Bieber and “Thriller” producer Quincy Jones hit the stage in front of the Hollywood landmark to speak about the King of Pop’s influence. Tito, Marlon, Jackie and Katherine Jackson all attended the ceremony, which featured special performances by the cast of “Glee” and the Jackson-based Cirque Du Soleil show “Immortal.” The ceremony was timed to coordinate with “Immortal’s” first dates at Los Angeles’ Staples Center. “Glee” will air its Michael Jackson tribute episode next week.
Jackson’s children have been in the public eye far more in the years since his death, appearing at the Grammy Awards to accept an honor on behalf of their father and at the “Immortal” premiere in Canada. Paris Jackson appeared on “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in December to talk about her role in the film “Lundon’s Bridge and the Three Keys.” She told the host that her father helped her prepare for the role. “We would do improv together,” Jackson told DeGeneres. “He would give us little scenarios. He would (say), ‘OK, in this scene you’re going to cry’ and I’d cry on the spot.”
Jackson died June 25, 2009, at age 50 from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol. In November, his personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in his death and sentenced to four years in prison.