Sony Music and the Estate of Michael Jackson hosted a celebration at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas to honor the late Michael Jackson. The celebration took place on what would have been his 60th birthday, Wednesday (Aug. 29). With A-listers like Angela Bassett, Blake Griffin, Gabrielle Union, Evan Ross and Tinashe, friends, family, and celebrities all came together for a jam-packed evening.
Led by a performance of the acclaimed Michael Jackson ONE show by Cirque du Soleil, the night also included a DJ set from Grammy-winning producer/artist/DJ Mark Ronson and a surprise performance from Grammy Award-winning superstar Usher, who rightfully included an MJ tribute medley in his set.
The highlight of the evening was when Paris and Prince Jackson accepted the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation Legacy Award for their father.
“On behalf of my sister and myself, it is a privilege and honor to be here about something that my dad was so passionate about and who he held so near and dear to his heart,” Prince said during his acceptance speech. “The way my father led his life, he led by example. Even though he was the King of Pop, he never thought he was too big for any person, no matter what you did, no matter where you came from.”
Following the award, the two announced an auction for a-one-of-a-kind, ruby and diamond studded pair of shoes dubbed “Number One” by Giuseppe Zanotti. The bidding is currently live here. A final bidding for “Number One” will take place as part of Julien’s Auctions Icons & Idols Auction, live at the Hard Rock Café in New York on Nov. 9 and 10. All proceeds will benefit the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
Check out the gallery above for photos from the amazing night.