50,0000 people were in attendance for the Michael Jackson tribute show taking place at Cardiff's Millennium stadium last night, including his three children Prince Michael, Michael Jr and Blanket.
There had been controversy beforehand as Jackson brothers Jermaine and Randy had labelled the event "ill-timed" and "inappropriate" in wake of the Conrard Murray trial for Jackson's potential manslaughter taking place at the same time across the Atlantic. In addition to this, sister Janet Jackson was also absent as were chart toppers Black-eyed Peas who had pulled out previously; organiser Paul King had been forced to defend ticket sales on Bbc Radio Wales, reports the Bbc.
Come the evening though and all seemed forgotten as a huge turn out saw a string of star turns from artists including Cee-Lo Green, Christina Aguilera, Gladys Knight and Smokey Robinson, with the event hosted by Jamie Foxx and Fearne Cotton.
Jackson's children even took to the stage during the night, and the trio were given a huge ovation, reports The Press Association. Introducing Beyonce, who performed a version of Jackson five hit 'I Wanna Be Where You Are,' Paris commented, "She is always pushing the envelope with her boundless energy and talent. She carries the torch lit by our father and it gives me great pleasure to introduce this woman."
Jackson's brother Jackie meanwhile commented on the importance of the concert taking place in the UK, stating that the country's fans had "been great to our family for many many years, supporting us."