Janet Jackson opened the Essence Music Festival this week in New Orleans. She performed for 2 hours, and from what I hear, she put on amazing show. She paid tribute her big brother Michael during the song "Together Again." The song was orginally to pay tribute to a friend that lost a battle with AIDS. Here's a video of the tribute (it's towards the end).
Here’s a music video for “This Is It,” filmed by Spike Lee. It’s an awesome tribute. When I saw the film “This Is It,” it didn’t depress me at all. It was actually quite uplifting; I left the movie theater with the most amazing feeling. It was like watching a magician create his tricks. It was intriguing, entertaining and definitely proved while Michael is the “King of Pop.” I respected him even more as an artist afterward. Furthermore, I literally forgot that he wasn’t here. I was so mesmerized by what I saw….he couldn’t have been more alive. Michael felt so alive to me watching that film...I’d recommend it to anyone.
Some of you may have seen this, but here is a video of Beyonce` paying tribute to Michael on her “I Am” 2009 tour. She incorporated Michael into her hit “Halo.” This performance was on July 7, 2009, the day of Michael’s memorial service, which may be one reason why Beyonce` was particularly emotional. She showed a childhood home video of her and a friend preparing for an MJ concert and when she began to sing, her voice cracked as she teared up and she had to start again. Beyonce` is in rare form here, as she rarely lets any inner emotions interfere with her performance. It starts at 4:15.
It seems as if the world stopped when Michael Jackson passed away, particularly in the entertainment world. Many recording artists who were on tour at the time of Michael’s death, which included Madonna and Beyonce`, paid tribute to him in their own special way. Here’s a tribute by Miley Cyrus during her “Breakout” tour, performing “Fly On the Wall.” It starts at 3:40.
“…And when the groove is dead and gone, you know that love survives, and we can rock forever on…” (Rock With You)
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