Michael Jackson is honoured in Hollywood glove ceremony

27/01/12

Late singer Michael Jackson has been honoured during a shoe and glove-print ceremony in Los Angeles.

Stars including Justin Bieber, Smokey Robinson and his three children all attended the event, held on Hollywood Boulevard.

Paris, Prince and Blanket made a rare appearance outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre, where hundreds of hand and footprints are recorded in cement.

Jackson's mother Katherine and brothers Tito, Marlon, Jackie were also there.

The ceremony followed an hour-long tribute show which included comedian Chris Tucker and music producer Quincy Jones.

"It's a very good celebration and I know if Michael was here he would agree, to see all the friends and loved ones and especially his fans here to celebrate this with him," Katherine Jackson told the crowd.

Special tribute

A section of Hollywood Boulevard was closed off outside the Chinese Theatre for the tribute ceremony.

It was watched by hundreds of fans who turned up from before dawn to see the show.

Michael Jackson's three children helped to stamp prints of a pair of their father's shoes, and one of his famous sequined gloves, into the cement before pressing their own handprints into it.

Paris Jackson and Justin Bieber
Image caption Justin Bieber performed a short version of Rockin' Robin as a tribute

Paris wrote "Michael (heart) Jackson" next to the prints before signing the date.

The foot and handprints will now be placed in the courtyard of the Chinese Theatre.

Normally only famous film stars and film-makers leave their prints there, but Michael Jackson joins them as a special tribute.

He was also honoured for his on-screen output including the Thriller video and his posthumous This is It documentary.

Michael Jackson died on 25 June, 2009, at the age of 50 from an overdose of a hospital anaesthetic called propofol in Los Angeles.

He had been preparing for a series of comeback shows at London's O2 Arena.

His former doctor Conrad Murray was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter in November and jailed for four years.

Jackson's children Prince, 14, Paris, 13, and Blanket, nine, are rarely seen in public, although they did attend a tribute concert for their father in Cardiff last October.