The announcement has caused some furore amongst Michael Jackson fans groups as Kiss frontman Gene Simmons, in the weeks following the singer's death in 2009, accused him of paedophilia.
"Again today, GLE had hit a new low and stomped again on Michael Jackson's legacy, by announcing the addition of Gene Simmons to the tribute line up. This announcement was the latest insult to Michael Jackson's memory, his children and his fans, after a strings of questionable decisions.
"In the days following Michael Jackson's death, Gene Simmons has made slanderous, derogatory comments about Michael and his children. He had also questioned the numerous homage [sic] paid to the singer, so it is quite ironic that Simmons has now agreed to himself pay tribute to the man he called a child predator."
But, for many, the addition of one of the world's biggest bands is a step in the right direction as the event moves away from the problems that beset its early days, struggling to announce major acts and reeling from negative reaction to the booking procedure and charitable involvement, which has now been simplified.
As of today, 16 August, the line-up is as follows:
- Alien Ant Farm
- Cee Lo Green
- Christina Aguilera/li>
- Craig David
- Jackson Brothers
- Leona Lewis
- Smokey Robinson
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