Nightly News   |  October 09, 2011

Celebrating the King of Pop's life

With Michael Jackson's death making headlines in a courtroom in Los Angeles, a concert in the United Kingdom focused instead on his life and musical legacy. NBC's Kevin Tibbles reports.

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>>> another big event in the uk this weekend, a star-studded tribute to the late king of pop michael jackson . with michael jackson 's death making headlines in a courtroom in los angeles , this was a concert focusing on his life and his musical legacy. our report tonight from nbc's kevin tibbles.

>> reporter: a night to remember and sing and celebrate the king of pop . some of michael jackson 's family did attend the musical tribute, his mother watched from a seat in the stands at the stadium in wales, filled with 50,000 fans.

>> it was a great time to celebrate all the beautiful things that my brother stood for.

>> reporter: other family members and some big name acts, however, stayed away, as it took place at the height of the manslaughter trial of dr. conrad murray, accused of giving jackson a lethal dose of sedatives.

>> i was hesitant about this and i thought i have to do it for him. and i did.

>> i think they have a right to whatever they feel, but we're celebrating the positive side of our brother's life.

>> reporter: michael jackson may have left this world more than two years ago --

>> if you're a fan of michael jackson , make some noise!

>> reporter: -- but those who made the pilgrimage made sure his contributions weren't forgotten.

>> a tribute to the undisputed king of pop .

>> i want you to welcome to the stage the heirs to the thrown, mi michael's children, prince, paris and blanket jackson .

>> reporter: a rare public appearance by jackson 's three children. they have not appeared in front of a crowd this large since his memorial.

>> daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine.

>> reporter: daughter paris, now 13, helped out her little brother .

>> very happy for this special night.

>> we're very happy to be here on this special night to honor our father.

>> epic, epic.

>> we felt like michael jackson was going to come out here any minute and perform.

>> reporter: before his death, it was on this side of the atlantic that jackson planned to launch his comeback. with this tribute, for one night anyway, the controversy surrounding that death took a back seat. kevin tibbles, nbc news, london.