Jackson memorial participants named
Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder among attendeesMore Michael Jackson coverage
Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder, Usher and Lionel Richie as well as Motown records founder Berry Gordy will be among those taking part in Michael Jackson's memorial Tuesday, the family's spokesman said.
In the first official details of the public memorial in the Staples Center arena in downtown Los Angeles, Jackson's family said civil rights leader Al Sharpton, Martin Luther King III and basketball stars Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant would also be among the participants.
The statement from the family said the list was preliminary, subject to change and that there would be no further information on the program. It was not clear whether singers such as Carey and Wonder would perform at the event, which is expected to last two hours.
Lawyers for Jackson's ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, said she had decided against attending because "her attendance would be an unnecessary distraction." Rowe has not decided whether to challenge the family for custody of Jackson's three children.
Elizabeth Taylor, one of Jackson's closest friends, also will be absent. Taylor said in a Twitter message Monday that she had been asked to speak but "I cannot be part of the public whoopla. And I cannot guarantee that I would be coherent to say a word. I just don't believe that Michael would want me to share my grief with millions of others," she wrote.
About 1.6 million people registered to be among the 8,750 to receive two free tickets to the event. Successful fans lined up on Monday to collect their tickets, though some tried to auction their vouchers on Web sites such as eBay and Craigslist.
Both Web sites were swiftly removing the listings, which carried asking prices of as much as $10,000.
The "Thriller" singer, who died June 25 of cardiac arrest at age 50, is expected to be buried in a private family service in Los Angeles on Tuesday morning, ahead of the public memorial.
The preliminary list of participants follows:
Ron Boyd (family friend)
Andrae Crouch Choir
Shaheen Jafargholi (finalist on "Britain's Got Talent")
Martin Luther King III
Bernice A. King
The Rev. Al Sharpton
Pastor Lucious Smith (family friend)