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Katherine Jackson

Courting MASSIVE Stars for

MJ Tribute Show

8/9/2011 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael Jackson's mom has personally reached out to some of the biggest music stars in the world in the hopes of getting them to perform at the big MJ tribute show in October ... but only ONE of them is a definite YES ... TMZ has learned.

Sources connected to the concert tell us ... Jay-Z, Kanye West, Cee Lo, Chris Brown, Justin Bieber, Christina Aguilera, Usher and Bruno Mars have each received an invitation (pictured above) from Katherine Jackson ... asking them to perform 1 or 2 of their favorite MJ songs in Cardiff, Wales on Oct. 8.

Katherine promises each star who signs on will be provided with "first class travel accommodations."

We're told Chris Brown, Justin Bieber and Bruno Mars have each respectfully declined the invite due to scheduling conflicts ... however, Christina and Kanye are leaning towards "Yes."

As for the one person who's already signed on the dotted line -- sources tell us Cee Lo from Gnarls Barkley was quick to commit.

Tickets to the event have not gone on sale yet -- but promoters say they will become available once a complete line-up is booked.


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Kathrine Jackson = WHORE!

1172 days ago


about 2 years too late....he was just a weirdo,albiet one who could sing and dance well(back in the day,anyway)who really gives a ****??

1172 days ago


I doubt that Michael Jackson was a fan of Kanye West (aka Hitler) Notice how that douchebags name is super big at the top - bigger than Michaels Moms! REALLY!!! She is the one putting it on!

1172 days ago


The family still is not working with the Estate.All of this should have been done BEFORE the family announced the tribute.All of this should have been done BEFORE ticket sales,which were aborted.

1172 days ago


i am surprised chris declined

1172 days ago

Howard DeVoe    

The most offensive thing about this thing is that Justine Bieber has been invited. There is no love for MJ if you're gonna invite trash like JB.

1172 days ago


Kanye West? I think they made a big mistake. Not interested now!!!!!!

1172 days ago


Michael use to be the caretaker of the Jackson family now he is gone and they still using his name? what abouth get a regular job like all of us? they love to live like Royalty...well your money is gone and it is time to get busy and get a job,STOP using his name to get money it is SICK ..this is a very disfuctional family ,they are vultures !they are writing books like La Toya (what a looser) and liar! the only one who works hard is the little sister .It is time to let this man rest in peace if he is!

1171 days ago


Jacksons plan Wednesday announcement for Michael tribute line-up


Michael Jackson's mother and several siblings hope to get plans for a tribute concert for the late pop star back on track with an announcement of the show's line-up Wednesday.

The Jacksons and promoter Global Live Events promised a spectacular list of artists for the October 8 "Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert" in Cardiff, Wales, at a news conference last month.

Delays in signing the acts, however, forced a postponement in ticket sales, which had been set to begin last week.

"The registration period was put on hold because we want people to know who they are registering to see," Chris Hunt, the head of the British company promoting the concert, said in a message posted online Friday.

Artists have now been signed to contracts and their names will be revealed by members of the Jackson family in a CNN interview set for Wednesday, a spokesman for the promoter said Tuesday.

"Fans of Michael's music will get the concert they've been waiting for," Hunt said in a message posted on the promoter's website last Friday.

"Some of the greatest names in music are already signed, and more are trying to shuffle other commitments to come on board," a statement posted Friday on the concert website said.

Two of the five surviving Jackson brothers, Jermaine and Randy, objected to the timing of the show, issuing a sharply worded statement last month that reflected a deep division within the Jackson family.

"We want to make clear that this does not reflect the position of the entire family," the two brothers said in a joint statement released hours after their mother, sister La Toya and brothers Jackie, Tito and Marlon endorsed the show.

"While we wholeheartedly support the spirit of a tribute that honors our brother, we find it impossible to support an event that is due to take place during the criminal trial surrounding Michael's death," Jermaine and Randy Jackson said.

The involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson's physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, begins in September and is expected to continue into October.

La Toya Jackson, at the news conference on July 25, said the show would be "something that's spectacular," while the Jacksons' mother called it "a show fit for a king."

"If my son were here today, he would feel the same way," Katherine Jackson said.

"I know my brother would be very, very proud to see all the artists that he admired and respected so much coming together for this event," Tito Jackson said.

It was hours later that the other Jackson siblings spoke up.

"In light of this, we feel it is inappropriate to be involved with such an ill-timed event and its promoter, Global Live," Randy and Jermaine Jackson said. Their statement said the idea of the October concert was presented to the entire family in April "as an idea already in its advanced stages." The decision to go ahead with it "disrespects opinions and wishes expressed in the strongest terms" by some members of the Jackson family, they said.

The Michael Jackson Fan Club agreed with the two brothers, issuing a similar statement.

"We share their concerns that this concert is taking place at a most inappropriate time when everyone's care and attention should be focused on the matter of justice. We believe that, as stated by Jermaine and Randy, the most important tribute we can give to Michael Jackson at this time is to seek justice in his name."

Jackson fans posted messages on the concert's Facebook page questioning ticket prices and the process for buying them.

Fans must place bids for a chance to buy a ticket. The higher their pledge to a charity, the better their chances of getting a good seat.

"The ticket system is so bad!! the higher you bid the better seats you get?? not every Michael fan is rich!!!" one fan posted on the "Michael Forever Tribute" Facebook page Thursday.

The October 8 show, in the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff, which seats 75,000 people, would be at least four hours long, Hunt said.

In addition to the other problems surrounding the event, a spokesman for Michael Jackson's estate said last month that the promoters never sought or obtained permission from the estate's executors to use late pop singer's name or image.

"The estate has not been contacted and is not involved with Global Live Events in the UK tribute concert announced today," spokesman Jim Bates told CNN.

1171 days ago


What? None of these people are big stars.

1171 days ago


Puke...woman ya got enough money go enjoy it out of limelight.

1171 days ago

Pete Beau    

This freak's OD was his best career move ever!
Ask Lisa-Marie! Ooops, forgot she was "married" to this Freak of Nature for about 5 minutes. Of course, there are so many hands in the grave that the whole dysfunctional clan may not find enough $$$ to fill their pockets. So sad.
Next up? Postage stamps!

1171 days ago


You have to laugh at that RACIST Kayne West being involved with a MJ tribute since MJ did everything he could to be a white person.

When the POTUS calls you a jackazz you know your nothing but the biggest tool out there.

1171 days ago
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