After a decades-long career filled with massive hits like "Bad" and "Thriller," you might think the late Michael Jackson had earned every award out there. Surprisingly, though, the King of Pop was only honored in front of Hollywood's famous Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Thursday during a ceremony featuring his three children. Prince, 14, Paris, 13, and Blanket, 9, used their father's signature shoes and glittery glove to leave his hand and foot prints in the famous sidewalk, alongside those of Marilyn Monroe, Fred Astaire, and many more.
And despite Michael's many other honors, son Prince noted that the star would have found this one meaningful.
"My dad won the lifetime achievement award. It was an award he strived and worked the hardest to get but for me, and I think for him as well, this right here is his lifetime achievement award," Prince revealed. "This is what he strived to get and this is what we are giving him now today."
Cast members from the new Cirque du Soleil show featuring Michael's music, "The Immortal World Tour," were on hand, as were MJ's mother Katherine, actor Chris Tucker, legendary musician Smokey Robinson, and teen dream Justin Bieber. After being introduced by Paris, the Biebs, who's always been a big fan of the "Smooth Criminal" singer, even said a few words about his idol.
"I don't usually get nervous, but I'm kind of a little nervous right now," Justin told the crowd. "Michael meant so much to me, I know that he meant a lot to you guys as well. He was more than entertainer. He was an inspiration. He was kind, gentle ... he was very charitable. People are going to remember him for his dancing and singing, but people have to remember him for being the man that he was. Everything I do ... I look at Michael, I want to be as good as he was."
Justin also noted that he often sang "Rockin' Robin" in the mirror when he was "really little," and performed a verse a cappella for the crowd. Do you think Michael would approve of his rendition?
Looks like we'll never know. Unfortunately, as Justin revealed to "Access Hollywood," the two never crossed paths since the Canadian crooner was just beginning his career when Michael died in June 2009.
"I basically released my first single the week he passed, so it was really unfortunate," Justin said. "So I feel like, it's just really sad. That was one person I really wanted to meet."
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