Janet Jackson Weighs In Against Controversial Michael Jackson Tribute Concert


Janet Jackson has finally weighed in on the controversial tribute concert planned for her late brother in October, potentially putting the already imperiled Michael Jackson tribute in further jeopardy. In a one-sentence statement to the Associated Press, she wrote, simply, “Because of the trial, the timing of this tribute to our brother would be too difficult for me.”

The criminal trial to which she refers is that of Dr. Conrad Murray, charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Michael Jackson. Her statement echoes that of siblings Randy and Jermaine Jackson, who issued a statement the day the concert was announced explaining that they would not support a tribute concert scheduled to take place during Murray’s trial.

Janet’s lack of support is the latest in a series of setbacks faced by Michael Forever: The Tribute Concert, scheduled for October 8 in Cardiff, Wales, since it was first announced, at a press conference in July, by Jackson’s mother Katherine and siblings Marlon, Jackie, Tito and La Toya. The tribute has booked a lineup including Ne-Yo, Christina Aguilera, Cee Lo Green, Smokey Robinson, Leona Lewis, Alien Ant Farm, Craig David, and, via satellite, Beyoncé; will be broadcast to 30 countries (in 3D where available); and will raise money for the AIDS Project and other charities. Nevertheless the tribute has not received the support of Michael Jackson’s estate, and had furthermore come under fire from both the estate and MJ fans for initially including Kiss on the lineup in the face of negative comments Gene Simmons has made about Jackson.

Janet Jackson Not Attending Michael Jackson Tribute Concert [AP]

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  1. ODQ says:

    Janet’s right. Let him rest. HE will come back again but not this time.

  2. It is timing and emotions, the tribute is fantastic but the trial is imperative to the completion of the lost suffered by the Jackson Family. We all love Michael and continue to morn his early departure from us, no one more than sister Janice and the rest of the Jackson Family. Therefore be patient our lost will subside somewhat, our memories they are eternal, this tribute is wonderful, but this is not the proper time for it. Live forever Michael, we will forever be your Fans and Friends*

  3. cassandra carrillo says:

    I understand Janet’s statement,I think the family should be there to rep for Michael.On the other hand the family have been through so much,they probably just cant handle being diappointed in the out cum of the trial.I will be so heart broken if Murrey gets away with what he did to Michael.Doctors are suppose to be educated and have moral oblagation to thier patients.They should not change what they know is right for the influence of money.People who ask for things that are not healthy for them,Are not in thier right state of mind.