Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday celebrated in Vegas

The King of Pop was honored last night in a grand celebration that included a party with fans, celebrities and guests hosted by the Estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music.

A surprise performance from Grammy winning superstar Usher who included a Michael Jackson tribute medley was one of the highlights at the event which was attended by Blake Griffin, Gabriel Union, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashlee Simpson Ross and Evan Ross and Michael’s brothers Tito and Jackie Jackson.

One of the most moving moments of the evening was when Paris Jackson and Prince Jackson accepted an award for their father from Evan Ross after the crowd heard from  Quinn Tivey of The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (Elizabeth Taylor’s grandson).
Prince said, “On behalf of my sister and myself, it is a privilege and honor to be here about something that my dad was so passion about and who he held so near and dear to his heart. 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.”
The siblings also launched an auction for a newly created pair of ruby and diamond-studded sneakers that are expected to fetch more than $50,000 at a November sale. The money will go to Taylor’s AIDS foundation.

Jackson, who would have turned 60 this year died in Los Angeles in June 2009 after an accidental overdose of the powerful anesthetic propofol that he was using as a sleep aid.

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