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VIDEO: Michael Jackson Memorial Coverage

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NOTE: You can watch the entire ceremony after the jump.

After a private gathering for family members at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, within Staples Center began shortly after 10:00 AM PT.

You can follow our detailed account of the ceremony after the jump.

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VIDEO: Madonna’s Tribute to the King of Pop

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As we mentioned earlier, Madonna was preparing to include a Michael Jackson tribute during her Sticky & Sweet tour. Last night’s concert was held at London’s O2 arena, the same location Michael was scheduled to appear in.

In the cllp above, the singer celebrates the King of Pop with help from a look-alike performer. “Kento, my dancer, was obsessed with Michael all his life. And when Michael was having auditions for his tour, Kento really wanted to go but he’d already made a commitment to me. So now he’s about to have his moment and be Michael at my show,” said in a pre-show interview.

“I am so terribly sad about Michael Jackson’s death. I don’t know what artist wasn’t inspired by him,” she added.

Jackson’s would have celebrated his next birthday August 29. The Material Girl is only 13 days older than him.

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U2, Madonna Honor Jackson in Concert

The 2009 BET Awards isn’t the only place celebrities are paying tribute to the King of Pop.

During their kickoff concert earlier this week, the members of also honored Michael Jackson. In the video above, the band sings snippets of both “Man in the Mirror” and “Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough” while in Barcelona.

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Michael Jackson Memorial Tickets Offered Via Lottery

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Staples Center

Those hoping to attend ‘s memorial have approximately 24 hours to place their names in the hat.

Next Tuesday, the King of Pop will be honored publicly in Los Angeles. The ceremony - which will be available for free broadcast worldwide - will take place at 10:00 AM.

Although the Staples Center is a 20,000 seat arena, only 11,000 will be given entrance into the facility. Another 6,500 will get the chance to watch a simulcast at the neighboring Nokia Theater.

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Is Jackson Family Considering Concert Tour?

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Tito, Janet and Jermaine JacksonEven though refunds are now being offered for Michael Jackson’s tour, there had been rumors that his siblings could pick up some of the pieces.

Just yesterday, it was reported that the Jackson clan - including sister Janet - was considering doing a tribute tour in their brother’s honor. This supposedly could have meant performances on some of Michael’s old London dates. It also might have meant stops in the United States. It’s not clear now how the upcoming refunds would affect a gathering, if at all.

The family would have reportedly performed songs done by or with the King of Pop.

Read More | Billboard

Refunds Being Offered for Michael Jackson Tickets

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NOTE: Refunds are only being offered to those who “purchased tickets through authorized agents.”

Later this week, refunds for Michael Jackson’s planned concerts will be offered in full.

Although many will still have to eat the cost of the flights they purchased, they will at least get back the service fees they were charged along with the ticket price.

Those wanting to remember the King of Pop could opt for a piece of memorabilia instead. Up until August 14, fans can choose to receive a commemorative concert ticket in lieu of a refund. The souvenirs, printed with the lenticular process, were designed by the artist himself.

Both options will become available starting on July 1. More information will be offered at MichaelJacksonLive.com.

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Janet Jackson Makes Appearance at BET Awards

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Tonight at the 2009 BET Awards, a very special guest helped pay tribute to the King of Pop. For the first time since Michael Jackson’s death, his younger sister stepped out in public to address his fans.

“My entire family wanted to be here tonight, but it was just too painful so they elected me to speak with all of you. I’m going to keep it very short, but I’d just like to say that to you - Michael is an icon. To us, Michael is family, and he will forever live in all of our hearts,” Janet stated. “On behalf of my family and myself, thank you for all your love. Thank you for all your support. We miss him so much.”

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Jackson-Themed So You Think You Can Dance Planned

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Next week, FOX will pay tribute to the King of Pop’s musical library. Now the network is planning to honor his contributions to dance.

Hours after Michael Jackson’s death, plans for a special So You Think You Can Dance were in the works. Based on a series of tweets started by Nigel Lythgoe, we may soon see an MJ-themed broadcast with numbers from Wade Robson (a former Jackson back-up dancer), Mia MIchaels…and former Janet Jackson-choreographer .

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LaToya Jackson Scene Removed from Bruno

LaToya Jackson may be known for pushing the boundaries, but he won’t - at least in this situation - be labeled insensitive.

Shortly after Michael Jackson’s death, the producers of Borat made quick edits before their film’s premiere. A scene that featured a Jackson sibling was cut from the film.

“Out of respect for the Jackson family, the filmmakers have decided to remove a small scene involving La Toya Jackson,” a Universal Pictures spokesperson said.

In previous screenings, critics saw the flamboyant title character trick Michael’s sister doing an interview with him. Bruno then went on to talk about the King of Pop’s high-pitched voice and trademark glove. He also attempted to retrieve the singer’s number from LaToya’s cell phone.

Although it was initially unsure whether the edit would be temporary, the studio confirmed today that the scene would be left out of the theatrical release.

opens on July 10.

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Jackson Family Meets with LAPD

Posted by K.C. Morgan Categories: Music, Child Stars, Obituaries, Rumors,

Michael Jackson, there are still some questions surrounding the untimely death of recording legend Michael Jackson. TMZ is reporting that Katherine, Joe and “several brothers” met with police officers at the pop star’s home earlier today.

The site says that both sides wanted the meeting - the family to learn more about Jackson’s death, the police to gain information that might help them determine the cause of the crooner’s fatal cardiac arrest. This meeting ended the same day.

TMZ has also reported that Dr. Conrad Murray, Jackson’s physician, sent a letter to his patients less than two weeks ago. In the letter, the doctor informed them he would be leaving his medical practice. “I am deeply saddened to leave you at this point, but please know my absence is not permanent,” the letter reads.

ET has as he was being treated by paramedics - the last-known photograph taken of the singer during his life. Michael Jackson was 50 at the time of his death Thursday afternoon. The “King of Pop,” he enjoyed extreme success in the music industry, with a career that spanned four decades.

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