Looks like some tributes are being lined up for Michael Jackson. There’s going to be a star-studded remake of his 1993 hit single “Will You Be There”, featuring vocals from Usher, Lionel Richie, Whitney Houston and John Mayer, among others. Jennifer Hudson might sing on it (she sang the song at Jackson’s memorial service), but since she just had a baby, she might not be able to contribute. This tribute is being spearheaded by Shawn King, who’s the wife of respected telejournalist Larry King. That seems a little incongruous to me-what the hell does Shawn King have to do with Michael Jackson? Oh well. As long as Larry King doesn’t decide to sing. But judging from the star-studded lineup, I’m sure the song will be good. Hopefully they’ll donate the proceeds to charity or something.
The other event is an all-star tribute concert scheduled to take place in Austria (?) and is being spearheaded by Michael’s brother Jermaine. 10 major artists (who will be announced in a couple of weeks) will pay tribute to the King of Pop by performing his hits. The Austrian location was chosen by Jermaine, he says , because his brother loved castles. I’m like damn, it’s bad enough that the guy didn’t tour the U.S. for the last 20 years of his life-now even his tribute concert is being held overseas? Can someone give MJ’s American fans some love?