Ricky Martin, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, Others To Join Pavarotti For Benefit

Ricky Martin, Mariah Carey, Michael Jackson, and Gloria Estefan are among the artists joining opera singer Luciano Pavarotti for his annual benefit for the non-profit organization Warchild.

Boyzone, B.B. King, and Joe Cocker will also participate in this year's "Pavarotti & Friends" lineup, which was announced Wednesday morning in Milan. The concert will take place on June 1 in Modena, Italy.

Past Friends of Pavarotti include the Spice Girls, Elton John, U2, and Eric Clapton, who have all turned out to help support the Warchild cause.

Established in 1994 to help the children of Bosnia, Warchild now focuses on helping young people around the world who are affected by conflict and violence. This year's benefit concert is expected to raise $1 million for the refugees of Kosovo plus additional funds for the children of Guatemala.

Martin, whose single "Livin' La Vida Loca" is currently at number one on the "Billboard" singles chart, agreed to take part in this year's

benefit after performing at the 1998 Grammy Awards. A very enthusiastic Pavarotti approached the Latin superstar personally.

Other "Pavarotti & Friends" acts will be announced at a later date. We'll keep you posted.