Black Eyed Peas and Jennifer Hudson to Honor Michael Jackson at Tribute Concert
The Michael Jackson tribute concert has secured some more star power for the illustrious event. Pop superstars Black Eyed Peas and Jennifer Hudson have been added to the all-star list of performers for the Oct. 8 event in Wales.
The Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert, which is being presented by Jackson’s mother, Katherine, along with some of the siblings, will be hosted by actor-comedian Jamie Foxx. Other artists slated to sing at the event include Leona Lewis, Ne-Yo, Alien Ant Farm, Craig David, Motown icon Smokey Robinson and ‘The Voice’ coaches Cee Lo Green and Christina Aguilera. Pregnant R&B queen Beyoncé will also make an appearance in a pre-taped performance via satellite.
According to MTV, Peas frontman will.i.am, who has worked with the King of Pop before his June 2009 death, said the band is honored to perform at the MJ tribute concert. “This show is going to be an incredibly personal and moving evening for me,” he said in a statement. “Remember that Michael’s music, [is] great, great songs, [that] have been an inspiration to my whole life and certainly formed the soundtrack to my childhood. When I was a little kid of six or seven growing up in Los Angeles, there was Michael recording Thriller, and all his early hits, just a few miles away across town — obviously I didn’t know him at that time, but I loved him as a fan.”
Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert will be televised around the world by way of satellite via pay-per-view and movie theaters worldwide. Proceeds from the concert will benefit three charities Jackson supported: The Prince’s Trust, AIDS Project Los Angeles and a cancer charity.