It has been nine years since the untimely death of Michael Jackson, but thanks to events like the recent celebration honoring what would have been the “King of Pop’s” 60th birthday, Jackson’s memory and legacy lives on.

An Event Fit for a King

The event, hosted by the estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music, was a celebration truly fit for a king as 1,500 friends, family, and fans of the pop icon gathered at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas to honor Jackson’s birthday.

The night kicked-off with a performance of “Michael Jackson ONE by Cirque du Soleil”, a long-running and popular show at the Mandalay Bay. Guests were also treated to poolside tunes by DJ Mark Ronson and a concert by Usher.

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Beyond enjoying the variety of spectacular musical performances, guests of the event applauded as Jackson’s children, Paris, 20, and Prince, 21, accepted the 2018 Elizabeth Taylor Legacy Award for Humanitarian Service from The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation awarded to their father Michael Jackson posthumously.

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Throughout his life, Jackson was a known activist for the cause and a big supporter of Taylor’s foundation, making it incredibly fitting that his daughter would go on to become an ambassador for the Foundation.

“It is a privilege and honor to be here about something that my dad was so passionate about,” Prince Jackson said.

In addition to accepting the award on their father’s behalf, the siblings also used the event to launch an auction that will raise money for the Foundation, featuring a pair of ruby and diamond-encrusted sneakers that are anticipated to raise over $50,000.

Jackson’s children weren’t the only family members on hand to honor the late star – brothers Tito and Marlon were also in attendance.

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“He meant a lot to the world. To celebrate his legacy and to remember him, especially as a brother, is very important. He gave a lot of great messages, a lot of love to people, and continues to do that through his children,” said Tito.

Jackson is often remembered by those closest to him as someone who led by example and action, and his family is carrying on that tradition, not only with their continued support of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, but also by teaming with the Foundation to bring accessible and free health care to individuals in southern rural Malawi.

Thanks to the continued efforts from Jackson’s family and close friends, the “King of Pop’s” humanitarianism and legacy will continue to live on in the lives of others for many years to come.

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