The show, which will feature performances by Cee Lo Green, Christina Aguilera and Smokey Robinson, has been the subject of controversy for months. Jackson family members have distanced themselves from the project since it will run concurrently with the trial of the doctor accused of manslaughter in the singer's death, tickets have been deep-discounted due to low demand, and many of the star's hardcore fans have urged promoters to cancel the show.
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"Michael was larger than life and I have admired him, honored him, joked about him, but always loved and respected him," Foxx told MTV News. "I hope I honor his legacy in a way that would make him laugh and cry."