Madonna Wows Vmas With King Of Pop Tribute

MADONNA stunned the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday (13Sep09) by opening the show with a tribute to MICHAEL JACKSON.
The pop superstar, dressed in black, took to the stage at Radio City Music Hall in New York to rapturous applause and a standing ovation and listed all the things she shared with the King of Pop - including the fact they were both born in August 1958 and have eight brothers and sister.
Her opening speech struck a sombre note when she said, "When Michael Jackson was six, he became a superstar and was perhaps the world's most beloved child. When I was six, my mother died. I think he got the shorter end of the stick. I never had a mother but he never had a childhood.
"When you never get to have something you become obsessed by it; I spent years searching for mother figures... but how do you recreate your childhood when you are under the magnifying glass of the world for your entire life?"
Madonna went on to tell the audience, which included Jackson's brother Jermaine and father Joe, "There is no question that Michael Jackson was one of the greatest talents the world has ever known... Michael Jackson was a hero."
She recalled trying to befriend Jackson back in 1991, after deciding the two pop superstars should be pals.
She explained, "He showed up to my house without any bodyguards. We drove to the restaurant in my car. It was dark out but he was still wearing sunglasses. I said, 'Michael, I feel like I'm talking to limousine, do you think you could take off those glasses, so I could see your eyes.
"He paused for a moment and then he tossed the glasses out of the window, looked at me with a wink and a smile and said, 'Can you see me now, is that better?' In that moment I could see both his vulnerability and his charm.
"The rest of the dinner I was hell bent on getting him to eat French fries, drink wine, have dessert and say bad words... Later, we went back to my house to watch a movie and we sat on the couch like two kids and somewhere, in the middle of the film, his hand snuck over and held mine. It felt like he was looking for a friend more than a romance, and I was happy to oblige him."
Madonna confessed she and Jackson fell out of touch but she felt "his pain" when "the witch hunt began" and he was accused of child molestation, adding, "I know what it's like to walk down the street and feel like the whole world has turned against you."
Holding back tears, Madonna revealed she felt she and the world had "abandoned" the King of Pop after she heard he had died in June (09).
She added, "We had allowed this magnificent creature that once set the world on fire to somehow slip through the cracks. While he was trying to build a family and rebuild his career, we were all busy passing judgment. Most of us had turned our backs on him."
The pop star concluded by calling Jackson a "king" and adding, "He was also a human being and alas we are all human beings, and sometimes we have to lose things before we can truly appreciate them.
"I want to end this on a positive note and say that my sons, aged nine and four, are obsessed with Michael Jackson. There's a whole lot of crotch-grabbing and moonwalking going on in my house."
Her heart-felt tribute proceeded a dance tribute to the King of Pop as footage from the Thriller, Smooth Criminal and BAD videos played on a big screen behind the stage. Dancers hired for Jackson's doomed This Is It concerts in London performed step-by-step moves mirroring those on the screen.
The tribute concluded with a short rendition of Scream - his duet with sister Janet, who appeared onstage from behind a smashed mirror. The two Jacksons appeared to dance and perform together.


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crazymisterbig....I don't know why you have a problem with Madonna speaking her mind. It seems to me that you condemning her for believing in his innocence. But did it ever occur to you that the reason she said those things was because she truly felt him to be innocent?You're quick to say "what about his victims?" I LAUGH at that because if you knew that truth about the particular "victim" to which you are referencing you wouldn't be so quick as to use him as an example. Jason Francia, the man who took the stand in 2005 for the prosecution, is a liar. Point blank. Period. His mother, Blanca Francia was an employee for MJ for most of the 1980's. She was FIRED in 1993 for selling false stories about MJ regarding young boys. In her story to Hard Copy she told how she witnessed MJ and various young boys take showers together. When the grand jury was seeking evidence to indict MJ in 1993, she had to admit that she not only got PAID for the story, $20,000 to be exact, but she also had to admit that she NEVER saw ANY of the things that she claimed to see during her tenure at Neverland. And she did this begrudingly! Did you even know that MJ successfully sued each of the employees that claimed to "witness" inappropriate behavior? These employees owe money to MJ still! And Blanca Francia is one of them. What better way to get back at MJ than to claim that he molested your son. Again, you asked your post "What about the victims?" I'm going to ask you this: What about the PARENTS who accept multimillion dollar payments from a man that they claim hurt their child? As a mother, if my son were to tell me that someone hurt him, there isn't enough money in the WORLD to stop me from making sure that that bastard is prosected to the fullest extent of the law. The "victims" shouldn't be your concern because they're fine. Living the high life off what me and the MILLIONS of others who believed in MJ's innocence call blood money.You also should question the fact the Blanca Francia was an employee at Neverland for YEARS! She claimed to "witness" such behaviors regarding MJ and young boys but she NEVER went to the authorities to report these crimes. These claims only surfaced when MJ was being investigated in 1993. That doesn't seem a little coincidental to you?So don't judge Madonna for telling it like it is. She's only exercising her right to free speech. And I say that she did a DAMN good job! She obviously had loads of respect for MJ as an entertainer and a human being. You don't like pro-MJ stories? Don't read them or comment on them. But make sure that when you do, you have ALL the facts straight! Or someone like me will HAPPILY knock you the high horse you rode in on!
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Madonna said,"I want to end this on a positive note and say that my sons, aged nine and four, are obsessed with Michael Jackson. There's a whole lot of crotch-grabbing and moonwalking going on in my house." She says that as if this is something to be proud of. As a mother, she should be ashamed of defending Jackson, trying to make some people feel guilty for believing him to a child molester. How about the kids he abused. How about the man who cried while testifying in court during the 2005 trial because he had been abused as a kid while his mother was one of Jackson's employees. I can see now why peadophilia was such a revered practice in ancient Greece. There must be a great many peadophiles roamming the streets for Jackson to still be so popular. Before this, I thought Madonna was stupid, now she confirmed it.
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Sheesh, doesn't anyone read the news? They already admitted to the pedophile cases being frauds. Give it up and let it go already. He didn't do anything! Would anyone let their kids stay with him over night if they thought there was something to worry about?? Yet the parents condoned it over and over again, no worries, for years! If you think he's guilty, why don't you ever say something about the dumb parents who keep bringing their kids back to his house? Aren't they GUILTY of anything? Like being dumb, or a bad parent? If you want to lay blame, make it fair and blame EVERYONE involved, even the dumb 13 year old boys who got in bed with him. Dumb, Dumb, Dumb! Obviously these people felt there was nothing to fear because there wasn't. People saw an easy way to make money and they took advantage of it. Happens every day. Be at Peace, MJ, and G-D Bless. Thanks for being YOU!
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Crazymisterbig: Please read the book "Michael Jackson Conspiracy". Aphrodite Jones, who covered the ENTIRE trial in 2005, wrote this book. She was one of many "Media" reporters that were ready to lynch Michael even before the verdict was announced. The goal was to publicly humiliate and destroy an innocent man. After the trial was finally over, Ms. Jones, realized how unfair the media was to ONLY report news that “increased ratings” and NOT THE TRUTH of what actually occurred during the trial. She wrote this book to exonerate Michael Jackson’s name. PLEASE get your facts straight before you continue to ruin the memory of the world's beloved "King of Pop". His legacy will never die, no matter what people say. LONG LIVES THE KING!!!!
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Crazymisterbig: Please read the book "Michael Jackson Conspiracy". Aphrodite Jones, who covered the ENTIRE trial in 2005, wrote this book. She was one of many "Media" reporters that were ready to lynch Michael Jackson even before the verdict was announced. The goal was to publicly humiliate and destroy an innocent man. After the trial was finally over, Ms. Jones, realized how unfair the media was to ONLY report news that “increased ratings” and NOT THE TRUTH of what actually occurred during the trial. She wrote this book to exonerate Michael Jackson’s name. PLEASE get your facts straight before you continue to ruin the memory of the world's beloved "King of Pop". His legacy will never die, no matter what people say. LONG LIVES THE KING!!!!
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