Michael Jackson Tribute Concert Adds Black Eyed Peas to Lineup
With the Michael Jackson Tribute Concert just three weeks away, the star studded lineup is nearing completion. The Black Eyed Peas are the latest group to join the roster, which already includes Christina Aguilera, Leona Lewis, Smokey Robinson and Cee Lo Green.
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"This show is going to be an incredibly personal and moving evening for me," said Peas co-founder will.i.am. "Remember that Michael's music, his great, great songs, have been an inspiration to my whole life and certainly formed the soundtrack to my childhood."
Will.i.am worked with Jackson as a producer from 2007, until his untimely death in 2009.
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"One day about four years ago, with The Black Eyed Peas well established, I got a call from him I will never forget. I then had the great privilege of working with him and getting to know him and his beautiful family," he recalled. "That's why The Black Eyed Peas wouldn't miss being at the Millennium Stadium for this gig on October 8th: we all owe Michael such a lot."
American Idol alum and Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson also joins the impressive lineup, while Beyonce is confirmed to beam in a special contribution via video link.
Gladys Knight, Ne-Yo, Pixie Lott, Alien Ant Farm, Jamie Foxx and UK pop acts Alexandra Burke, JLS, Diversity and Craig David round out the current list of performers.
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MICHAEL FOREVER is set for Oct. 8 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. The event is supported by several members of the Jackson family, including Katherine, La Toya, Tito and Jackie. Janet, Jermaine and Randy have declined to participate.
Dr. Conrad Murray will be tried with the death of Jackson beginning Sept. 27. The high-profile trial is set to air non-stop on HLN.
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"Because of the trial, the timing of this tribute to our brother would be too difficult for me," Janet said in a statement.
Even with the controversial timing, the Peas aren't phased. "It seems plain to me that the real star of this tribute to Michael is going to be the MUSIC itself," said will.i.am. "And that's the only way it should be."