Two different, star-studded tributes to [artist id="1102"]Michael Jackson[/artist] have begun to take shape. The first, according to TMZ, is an all-star remake of the late pop singer’s “Will You Be There” that will reportedly feature vocals from [artist id="1270"]Usher[/artist], [artist id="1162"]Wyclef Jean[/artist], [artist id="9883"]Jermaine Jackson[/artist], [artist id="1158"]Whitney Houston[/artist], [artist id="15109"]Lionel Richie[/artist] and [artist id="18755"]Dionne Warwick[/artist]. (John Mayer was also said to be participating, but his spokesperson told MTV News that TMZ’s report was false.)
That effort is reportedly being led by Shawn King, wife of TV talker Larry King, who will also lend her vocals to the song. King told TMZ she’s not yet sure if Jennifer Hudson — who performed the song at last month’s memorial service for Jackson — will participate in the tribute because she has just given birth to her first child . Proceeds from the song, the release date of which has not yet been announced, will be split 50/50 between the Larry King Cardiac Foundation and an unspecified charity close to Jackson.
In the meantime, the New York Post reported that Shawn King, Whitney Houston, Madonna and President Barack Obama will not be participating in Jermaine Jackson’s global tribute to his brother, who died on June 25 at the age of 50 after suffering cardiac arrest. The show is being planned for September 26 on a crown-shaped stage at the Schoenbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria, according to The Associated Press. The lineup for the three-hour show will reportedly be revealed in two weeks, but early reports are that it will feature around 10 major entertainers who will perform 15 to 20 of Jackson’s hits. Jermaine Jackson said the site was chosen because his brother “loved castles.”