After a rousing, star-studded rendition of his 1995 eco-friendly track “Earth Song,” Michael Jackson got a special tribute from the two people who were among those dearest to him: eldest son Prince and daughter Paris.
Accepting their father’s lifetime achievement award, Prince and Paris walked hand in hand as they lead some of their cousins onstage. The two children wore matching suits with red bands on their arms in a nod to their famous father.
“Thank you. We are proud to be here to accept this award on behalf of our father Michael Jackson,” Prince began. “First of all, we would like to thank God for watching over us for these past seven months, and our grandma and grandpa for their love and support.”
After taking a second to compose himself, he continued:
“We would also like to thank the fans. Our father loved you so much because you were always there for him. Our father was always concerned about the planet and humanity. Through all his hard work and dedication, he has helped through many charities and donated to all of them. Through all of his songs, his message was simple. Love.”
As he spoke, the industry’s biggest names like Beyonce, Rihanna and the Jonas Brothers watched in appreciative awe of the poised youngsters.
“We will continue to spread his message and help the world. Thank you. We love you daddy,” Prince concluded before stepping back to put his sister center stage.
“Daddy was supposed to be here,” Paris added. “Daddy was gonna perfom this year…thank you. We love you, daddy.”