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Don't Stop The Music: Musical Tributes To Michael Jackson


Check out this Michael Jackson tribute track just put together by The Game, Diddy, Mario Winans, Polow Da Don, Boyz II Men, Chris Brown, and Usher. It's called "Better On The Other Side": [audio:tribute.mp3]
BET Exec Stephen Hill says that this weekend's awards will be heavily focused on Michael Jackson and his legacy: “This will be a show heavy on Michael Jackson’s memory. I think what you’re going to find is that acceptance speeches for awards will have nothing to do about the artists themselves, but about the influence that Michael Jackson had on them,” Hill said Thursday in a phone interview from Los Angeles. “A show like this takes a good six months to put together, so when something happens three days before, it’s going to be done fueled by emotions,” he said. Hill said many of the celebrities who will appear on the show — including Beyonce, Wyclef Jean, Maxwell and Ne-Yo — contacted BET to see how they could help prepare a tribute. “Within minutes after its happening, we had calls from different artists — all asking what can they do” and how could they pay tribute to Jackson, he said. The NAACP issued the following statement in response to the death of Michael Jackson:
“Michael Jackson’s dedication to humanitarian issues, including helping to raise untold millions of dollars to alleviate poverty and hunger, showed us that he understood how to use his fame to advocate for equality and freedom worldwide. Michael's compassion and vision for a better world, which he so clearly expressed in his music, will be part of his ongoing legacy,” stated NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Todd Jealous. In the African American tradition of the great song and dance men Michael's incomparable, talent and creativity influenced music, dance and culture for decades. His love of soul, rhythm and blues, and rock & roll, all performed with his innovative unique style captured the hearts and imagination of generations of fans. “NAACP Image Award winning, international superstar, Michael Jackson was a musical artist rooted in the proud tradition of black American music. His career — from the working-class neighborhoods of Gary, Indiana, to the heights of the entertainment industry — is a classic example of the American Dream. Michael Jackson, and the talented Jackson family, represented pride and promise to generations of Americans and people around the globe,” concluded Jealous.
The coroner has reported that there is no indication of foul play. They cannot determine cause of death until toxicology reports come back.

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I still cant believe it, rest

I still cant believe it, rest in peace the man Micheal Jackson of all times!
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I really loved the song. I am

I really loved the song. I am not a fan of the Game or Puff, but wow! Chris' and Wanya's vocals were beautiful and the lyrics were touching. I really would love to hear Ne-yo perform 'Gone too Soon' because that fits his voice and C. Breezy to do 'Bad' cause his dance skills are ridiculous! Rest in Peace M.J. You will always be loved. And one more thing, white media would love to brainwash us into thinking that Elvis was on the same level as Mike, but it is up to us to stick to what we know. As someone said before, all races and nationalities loved Mike, not true for Elvis. Anyway, stick to your guns!
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I really loved the song. I am

I really loved the song. I am not a fan of the Game or Puff, but wow! Chris' and Wanya's vocals were beautiful and the lyrics were touching. I really would love to hear Ne-yo perform 'Gone too Soon' because that fits his voice and C. Breezy to do 'Bad' cause his dance skills are ridiculous! Rest in Peace M.J. You will always be loved. And one more thing, white media would love to brainwash us into thinking that Elvis was on the same level as Mike, but it is up to us to stick to what we know. As someone said before, all races and nationalities loved Mike, not true for Elvis, maybe the Beatles though, really not sure. Anyway, stick to your guns!
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I love that I'll Be There

I love that I'll Be There video you posted
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Just wanted to say, "Can for

Just wanted to say, "Can for once in our Dog Gone lives we not use the freaking N-Word." What kind of tribute is it to talk about pooring liquor and Michael was my N? If Michael can excel to such heights that he did without using the word, why then, do we feel that we need to use it to HONOR him? If this is what the tributes are going to sound like, I would rather not hear the GARBAGE! Also, I know that if someone has to post something like this to supposedly musical geniuses, we definitely need to tell the fools to wear a suit & don't take the stage looking like Classless IDIOTS! Please conduct yourselves with dignity and respect! The WORLD will be WATCHING!!
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so because she's not

so because she's not outspoken she's not a fan???god some ppl are so irritating.... stop hating and celerate the legend, that is micheal jackson.
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That was nice track Diddy put

That was nice track Diddy put together. MJ i cant believe it. I have not felt this sad since my mom's twin sister died in 2005. You are by far the best entertainer in the modern day era. God sent you here and you spent 45 years of your 50 years sharing your gift with us. You are the most MISUNDERSTOOD Black man ever. You put black folks on at MTV. Please dont get this fact twisted. Your cataloge of music is just mind blowing. Your vocal ability is simply beautiful. You and Luther are the best male vocalist period. Both gone too soon. I feel very selfish right now because who will fill your shoes. You know how BET always suprise you with that off the chain opening act at each award show. Was hoping you would be the act this year. Funny how things play out. Micheal you will be missed. They are playing you all over the radio. I like the way i feel when i listen to your music. Good Nite MIKE JACK. You were the last of the greats... I am full of sorrow.
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rihanna can fuck off, she

rihanna can fuck off, she didn´t play any tribute fuck her. she wanted a hitsong that why she used michael song. she never spoke in interviews or on tv about that she was a fan of mj, like the to mj, have been saying for years how they love michael. i dont want her to perform she can sit in the audience.
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Dee Dee: The world loved

Dee Dee: The world loved you Michael Jackson. Lets all purchase at least 1 CD or download music from itunes or other sources as a sign of tribute to MJ. I don’t care what the media is saying regarding how he ranks in comparison to the Beatles and Elvis. Lets make it a reality by making him the best selling artist ever!!!If you look at the traffic regarding music sells at this moment on Amazon and I Tunes. MJ is leading the way. The media is truly racking my last nerve with all of the negativity regarding his life. I grew up listening to MJ and his brothers and I too as all other littel girls from that era had a major crush. I felt that I was a part of something that was magical and I was looking at a genius. The bottom line regarding his child molestation trials was that he was proven innocent beyond a reasonable doubt and that is enough for me. I never believed that he did any of that. Michael was the victim of a generous heart and scandalous individuals who proved that they would do anything for the sake of a buck. I love you Micheal Jackson, RIP. so true. the white media kills me. that they would even compare elvis and the beatles to mj is INSANITY. it just proves that white folks are all about minimizing any black person's achievement. the man was an ICON. he was loved by millions of people around the globe. no one will ever touch his record sales. he changed video and radio formats. he influenced numerous artists. he was a humanitarian. he spent his WHOLE LIFE entertaining us. and when he said he loved his fans, he really meant it. i generally don't think twice when famous people die, but i honestly feel like a part of my childhood just died. mj wrote the soundtrack to many people's lives, mine included. R.I.P., King of Music.
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i will truly miss micheal..

i will truly miss micheal.. his music will forever live on. listening to 'cant help it' right now :) love this man..his voice is so smooth
tris's picture

love the song

love the song
Black's picture

i dont understand why ppl

i dont understand why ppl hate rihanna so much that she cannot be considered to honor a man who influenced her...they both had bad times in their life..controvercy followed them both ..stop being so ridiculous
tris's picture

i wish ppl would leave the

i wish ppl would leave the negativity out of this post.. it IS a good idea for rihanna, beyonce and other 'current artists' to do tribute songs.. cause they were influenced by him but i also think that artists like tina, diana ross, ect should do testimonies..say how they met him..how he influenced their life
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The media killed Mike...all

The media killed Mike...all the pressure, all the stress, all the condemnation, all the scolding. They condemned him to a point of solitude and isolation. Had they let that man live in peace, he would still be here in my opinion. Last week they were calling him "wacko jacko"...the man was larger than life, the most famous person in the world...it's no wonder his heart couldn't take anymore. I just wish they would let him rest in peace since they denied him of that while he was here. :-(
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My favorite song by Michael

My favorite song by Michael was Ben.
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The world loved you Michael

The world loved you Michael Jackson. Lets all purchase at least 1 CD or download music from itunes or other sources as a sign of tribute to MJ. I don't care what the media is saying regarding how he ranks in comparison to the Beatles and Elvis. Lets make it a reality by making him the best selling artist ever!!!If you look at the traffic regarding music sells at this moment on Amazon and I Tunes. MJ is leading the way. The media is truly racking my last nerve with all of the negativity regarding his life. I grew up listening to MJ and his brothers and I too as all other littel girls from that era had a major crush. I felt that I was a part of something that was magical and I was looking at a genius. The bottom line regarding his child molestation trials was that he was proven innocent beyond a reasonable doubt and that is enough for me. I never believed that he did any of that. Michael was the victim of a generous heart and scandalous individuals who proved that they would do anything for the sake of a buck. I love you Micheal Jackson, RIP.
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Michael Jackson was and

Michael Jackson was and always will be the greatest entertainer and humanitarian of all time. R.I.P to the man who could stand in one spot on stage and make every scream and cry! The epitome of stage presence. He will be missed.
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Micheal Jackson was and still

Micheal Jackson was and still is the greatest entertainer in the whole world... I will truely miss him, He inspired so many people and loved everyone..I know he is in a better place with no more suffering. I love you Micheal Jackson and Thank You for the memories and I will cherish all my memories of you for the rest of my life. Gone to Soon now he is out of our lives but still here in spirit...
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I'm just sickened. It's like

I'm just sickened. It's like losing my distant lover. He was my very first crush, when I was 7 years old. I'm giving the age away, but who cares, I've loved him for 40 years. He was the soundtrack of my life. He was the only kid on t.v. that looked like me at that time besides "Cory" on Julia. All my heroes are leaving and he was one who I thought would outlive me. It hurts... the pain is beyond measure. He belonged to the world, but in my mind as a child, he was singing to me and only me. A piece of my soul died on the 25th and I've awakened two mornings now, praying it was all a dream. Michael, you've taken some of my soul with you to Heaven, hold on to it and I'll see you when I get there... God rest his soul and keep his family strong. I'll miss you forever Michael.
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Beyonce Lover: Ciara,

Beyonce Lover: Ciara, Rihanna, Beyonce Better do something. They all are hevily influenced by Micheal. Beyonce should do “ILL BE THERE” i think her vocals will touch us all. Rihanna should do “PLEASE DONT STOP THE MUSIC” and mix it with more micheal. Ciara should no “HUMAN NATURE” he soft vocal in the song would be angel like ---------- yeah please do not be disrespect to micheal like that..if any female line is to perform and do a tribute it should people like diana ross, tina,whitney, mrs knight..these heffas need to fall back and please dnt get me started about rihanna on singing anything..she needs to sit her ass down somewhere and never come out..these people are the reason why music died and unfortunately the only greatness we had was taken away..RIP MJ...
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OMG that song just made my

OMG that song just made my cry. We love you Michael. Rest In Peace
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I thought Chris Brown and

I thought Chris Brown and Usher's comments were the most sincere. I can see usher, chris brown, neyo and even ciara b/c her dance moves or even comedian Chris Tucker being part of a tribute to Michael, but please BET do not make Beyonce with her negative comments about the whole Jackson family or Justin Timberlake who accused and put all the blame on Janet Jackson during the superbowl pay tribute to him. Only those performers that truly respected and acknowledge the influence the Michael and the Jackson family had on their careers. This is a family that comes together in time of crisis. You cant disrespect one and not the other. So please BET no hypocrites for ratings be true and honor Michael, his family, and his legacy.
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Beyonce Lover: THIS MIGHT

Beyonce Lover: THIS MIGHT BE KINDA OFF, BUT I AM PRAYING THE MOST FOR JANET JACKSON, I PRAY THAT SHE DONT GO THROUGH ANOTHER PRAY FOR THE JACKSON FAMILYR.I.P TO THE KING OF POP So true. I was thinking the same thing. I love this song. Great job! It had me crying. Always love you Michael!
Victoria's picture

I am still so empty

I am still so empty inside....i don't know what type of emotion to feel =/ anywho...the song was coo for being put together in a matter of hours. Sunday should be the Michael Jackson Awards and June 25th should be placed on a calendar! r.i.p. michael joseph jackson....the greatest worldwide entertainer to ever hit the stage.....music will never be the same :(
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that song is sooo beautiful,

that song is sooo beautiful, the fact they recorded it in a day shows Michael's impact. Wanye's vocal's are outstanding. The awards should be dedicated to Michael's legacy for without Michael 99% of the artists attended would be no where. This is the single biggest loss the music industry has ever seen
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You forgot The Game is on

You forgot The Game is on that track lol it's actually his track... RIP MICHAEL JACKSON, THE GREATEST ENTERTAINER OF ALL TIME!!!!! can't wait for the BET Awards either, hope they do good on the tribute whoever does it
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Brit: I would love to see

Brit: I would love to see Chris brown pay tribute to him on Sunday but I have a feeling he not going to He Better!!!!! Sorry....NO ONE else can do Mike like him. Not even Usher!
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twinstoo: I heard this song

twinstoo: I heard this song this morning here in LA. As much as the Game gets on my nerves he made sure to put this tribute together and I love it. On another note some people can be so insensitive I understand what your trying to say Nicole but every artist that will be on that stage Sunday has used Michael’s blueprint so for once I think their tribute’s will be sincere and well deserved so lets just celebrate and be thankful that the coonery that is normally on BET will take a backseat for the night and we can just remeber the legacy of the King of Pop!! Well said!!!!
Honesty's picture

I would love to see Chris

I would love to see Chris brown pay tribute to him on Sunday but I have a feeling he not going to
Brit's picture

I was at my graduation when I

I was at my graduation when I heard the news of his death.. I was almost fighting back tears because it was so surreal, I was in disbelief. ...on a different note.. it is kinda interesting that MJ was almost scorned by people (some say he is a sell out for bleaching his skin.. some say he molest little boys) etc etc, they give MJ so much hatred and disrespect (which may have lead to stress and depression)... anyway, after doing all of that to contribute to his unhappiness, people are now mourning. SMH at hypocrites.
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Beyonce Lover: Ciara,

Beyonce Lover: Ciara, Rihanna, Beyonce Better do something. They all are hevily influenced by Micheal. Beyonce should do “ILL BE THERE” i think her vocals will touch us all. Rihanna should do “PLEASE DONT STOP THE MUSIC” and mix it with more micheal. Ciara should no “HUMAN NATURE” he soft vocal in the song would be angel like That is a good idea...
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GiGi: I wouldnt mind seeing

GiGi: I wouldnt mind seeing Rihanna perform please dont stop the music and C Breezy do whatever song he want to do. Sidebar - I LUV me some Toccora but I so get TIRED of seeing her BOOBS hanging out 24/7! Enough already cover them thangs up! Exactly! Rihanna payed tribute to Michael Jackson in her song "Please Don't Stop the Music"...the song was also a international hit when it was released. It would be cool if she performed it. R.I.P to Michael Jackson.
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The song was very nice just

The song was very nice just listened to it. TV1 is showing the 30th anniv concert. I love me some Mya she is a GREAT REAL n TRUE dancer people sleep on her!
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I can't wait for the BET

I can't wait for the BET Award show, I think it is great that the stars will pay tribute to him and legacy that night. I hope it is a happy and fulfilling time that focus on the music and the icon that is Michael Jackson and hopefully the stars try not to OUT do each other and just come together. However, I kind of wish that they do a total different show or event that is solely dedicated to MJ, he should have a night just for his memory and dedicated to the music business. My heart goes out to Janet and the Jackson family. Nice song
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I wouldnt mind seeing Rihanna

I wouldnt mind seeing Rihanna perform please dont stop the music and C Breezy do whatever song he want to do. Sidebar - I LUV me some Toccora but I so get TIRED of seeing her BOOBS hanging out 24/7! Enough already cover them thangs up!
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MRS. les923 Elba: I wish I

MRS. les923 Elba: I wish I was GQ……. *sigh* SMH!
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MRS. les923 Elba: Why oh

MRS. les923 Elba: Why oh why is the doctor Black? i thought he was indian with darker skin.
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I wish I was GQ.......

I wish I was GQ.......
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MRS. les923 Elba: Why oh

MRS. les923 Elba: Why oh why is the doctor Black? *gasp* you lying???
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Sidenote, I would hope

Sidenote, I would hope Ginuwine would also be part of the tribute...I'm sure he will though...
Blue Skies's picture

Why oh why is the doctor

Why oh why is the doctor Black?
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I was just listening to all

I was just listening to all of MJ's music on the internet. Wow. I kinda forgot how many hits he really had. It was like a trip down memory lane.Now this man had true genuine talent . He actually earned the title of "ICON" I'm tired of everyone labeling themselves as icons nowadays. If someone has to label themselves or try to convince you that they are.. well that's just commercial egotistical bs. Anyway... I am still in a fog. He will be missed by so many.Poor Michael. I hope he finally found the peace he sought after so many years of media torment. May God bless you. We all miss you Mike!!!Can't wait to hear all the music you had yet to release...IT'S NOT OVER YET!!!!
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JANET JACKSON AND FAMILY

JANET JACKSON AND FAMILY JANET GOD IS OUT REFUGE AND STRENGTH, A TESTED HELP IN TIME OF TROUBLES, AND SO WE NEED NOT TO FEAR EVEN IF THE WORLD BLOWS UP, AND THE MOUNTAINS CRUMBLE INTO THE SEA. LET THE OCEANS ROAR AND FOAM; LET THE MOUNTAINS TREMBLE. THERE IS A RIVER OF JOY FLOWING THROUGH THE CITY OF OUR GOD THE SACRED HOME OF THE DOG ABOVE ALL GODS. GOD HIMSELF IS LIVING IN THAT CITY; THEREFORE IT STANDS UNMOVED DESPITE THE TURMOIL EVERYWHERE, HE WILL NOT DELAY HIS HELP. THE NATIONS RANT AND RAVE IN ANGER BUT WHEN GOD SPEAKS, THE EARTH MELTS IN SUBMISSION AND KKINDOMS TOTTER INTO RUINS. STAND SILENT KNOW THAT I AM GOD I WILL BE HONORED BY EVERY NATION IN THE WORLD, THE COMMANDER OF THE HEAVENLY ARMIES IS HERE AMONG US! HE THE GOD OF JACOB, HAS COME TO RESCUE US! LOVE TO THE JACKSON FAMILY/ JANET JACKSON.
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I know wat u mean. Nicole:

I know wat u mean. Nicole: That kind of sucks. I know that many artists and people in general were touched and heavily inspired and influenced by his music but I was actually looking forward to the BET Awards. Now every single aspect of the show will be about him, some will of you will say well it should be rightfully so. However it will get repeditive and annoying with every artist trying to out do the other with their own personal tributes. I respect his music and his talents but the show isn’t going to be the same now, which is dissapointing.
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JANET MY HEART FEELS THE

JANET MY HEART FEELS THE SADNESS THAT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FEELS OUR FAMILY HAS GONE THROUGH A LOT OF SADNESS ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO WE LOSSED 9 FAMILY MEMBERS IN A FATAL AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT IN OHIO, BUT GOD WILL BRING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY THROUGH JUST GIVE YOUR BURDEN TO GOD HE WILL WORK IT OUT FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY AND HES A BURDEN BARER, AND GOD KNOWS ALL ABOUT IT, JUST LEAN ON HIM AND HE WILL SEE YOU AND YOUR FAMILY THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME IN YOU LIFE AND THERES A LOT OF PRAYERS GOING UP FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY IT HAS TRULY AFFECTED EVERYBODY I MEAN MY HEART IS BROKEN AND IT WILL IN TIME GET BETTER THE BIBLE SAYS THAT TIME HEALDS ALL WOUNDS AND WE JUST HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT MICHAEL IS SAFELY IN HEAVEN AND NOW HES A BEAUTIFUL ANGEL, AND SMILING DOWN ON YOU AND THE REST OF YOUR FAMILY AND WANTING ALL OF YOU TO KNOW THAT EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT. GOD HAS IT ALL WORKED OUT ALL READY AND YOU JUST HAVE TO TRUST THAT EVERY THING WILL BE REVEALED TO YOU TO LET YOU KNOW THAT THINGS ARE GOING TO BE GOOD.AND MICHAEL WANT ALL OF US TO CARRY ON AND WE WILL LIVE OUR LIFE SO THAT WE CAN ALL MEET UP AGAIN IN GLORY.
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@BEYONCE LOVER DONT BE SO

@BEYONCE LOVER DONT BE SO STUPID. RIHANNA CANNOT SING OR DANCE SO HOW COULD SHE DO A TRIBUTE TO THE GREATEST SINGER AND DANCER. EVEN IF YOU ARE A RIHANNA STAN THERE'S NO NEED TO BE STUPID. CHRIS BROWN AND USHER ARE THE ONLY TWO WHO COULD HONOUR MJ RIGHT
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@BEYONCE LOVER DONT BE SO

@BEYONCE LOVER DONT BE SO STUPID. RIHANNA CANNOT SING OR DANCE SO HOW COULD SHE DO A TRIBUTE TO THE GREATEST SINGER AND DANCER. EVEN IF YOU ARE A RIHANNA STAN THERE'S NO NEED TO BE STUPID. CHRIS BROWN AND USHER ARE THE ONLY TWO WHO COULD HONOUR MJ RIGHT
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I am very sad that we have

I am very sad that we have lost Michael. He was a big part of my pre-teen years and I love him and I will miss him. I wish I had the honor of meeting him. He should have marry me instead of Lisa Marie Presley. She was not worthy of him. I wish I could have helped him some way...I am very distraught.
Sade's picture

FUCKIN HYPOCRIT!! The same

FUCKIN HYPOCRIT!! The same ppl on this site were cussing MJ few weeks ago and now these METHAFUCKERS are crying!! pliiiizz. Just STFU.
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Very Nice Song. @ Nicole, the

Very Nice Song. @ Nicole, the awards come on every year, I am sure we can give Michael this year. I think it will be a wonderful show. R.I.P. King of Pop
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