LOS ANGELES — As time winds down until the public memorial service for Michael Jackson begins Tuesday (July 8) at Staples Center, final preparations are still under way and new wrinkles are being added.
On Monday, representatives for the Jackson family announced a slew of entertainers that would participate in the memorial , including Lionel Richie, Usher, Kobe Bryant, Mariah Carey, Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson, among others. Wonder and Carey are expected to perform, as well as Jennifer Hudson, while Beyoncé and Whitney Houston are rumored to be attending but won’t sing during the festivities.
Just as the public service was taking shape, plans for the private service remained unclear, as of press time. It isn’t known if the burial will take place before or after the public ceremony, which means Jackson’s body might not be present at Staples Center.
Fans and media were camped out outside of the Forest Lawn Cemetery on Monday evening, where it’s been speculated the Jackson family would hold a service for relatives prior to the public memorial. There, visitors from as far as Japan and Spain gathered. Although the family has been mum about the private service, Jackson’s former makeup artist Karen Faye exited the cemetery grounds on Tuesday evening to grieve with fans. Faye’s presence helped to shore up the buzz that some sort of service will take place on the grounds.
Security measures are expected to be fully enacted for Tuesday’s public service. Police closed off multiple areas outside of Staples Center and the Nokia Theater late Monday night. Only credentialed media members with blue wristbands will be allowed to roam the area on Tuesday morning, while fans with tickets and gold wristbands will be able to enter designated areas where they will be ushered into the separate venues.
City officials have urged fans all week to stay away from the downtown Los Angeles area. No giant screens are in the area for fans to view the service, as previously reported. Only platforms for media cameras have been erected near the scene.
The doors are set to open at 8 a.m. PT, and the memorial service is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. According to CNN, the memorial service is expected to run for one hour. Participants were rehearsing Monday, according to reports, though no names were released.
There has been a mix of emotions all week leading up to the memorial, but the event isn’t expected to be filled with sorrow.
“This will not be something that we all mourn,” AEG president and CEO Tim Leweike told CNN’s Larry King.
MTV’s live coverage of the Michael Jackson public memorial service at the Staples Center in Los Angeles will begin on Tuesday at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT.
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