Michael Jackson was remembered in a huge memorial service at the LA Staples Center yesterday, featuring performances and words from friends, family and fans of the late King of Pop. Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, John Mayer and Usher were among those performing songs, while Brooke Shields, Motown founder Barry Gordy, the Rev. Al Sharpton and basketball stars Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant were among those that spoke of the man behind the legend. Young Britain's Got Talent star Shaheen Jafargholi sang confidently in front of the huge audience, both at the center and watching across the world on TV and online, while Jermaine Jackson sang Michael's favourite song "Smile".
The event was a huge star-studded production, but the reality of the family's loss was brought to our attention through the broken words of his eleven year old daughter Paris, who described Michael as "the best father you could imagine" before she broke down onstage. There were celebratory moments for his life, and some very moving moments — if you watched last night, what did you think?
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