Paris Jackson (11) spoke at her dad’s public memorial back in July 2009 in a tearful plea that did more to humanize Michael Jackson in the public mind than anything Madonna or Brooke Shields could have said. More than half a year later, her older brother Prince Jackson publicly spoke (for the reported first time ever) about his father Michael Jackson for the first time in the very same venue, the Staples Center, at the 2010 Grammy Awards. Paris spoke again briefly as well as they accepted a lifetime achievement award to their father.
Prince (13) began:
“First of all, we’d like to thank god for watching over us over these past seven months, and our grandma and grandpa for their love and support. We would also like to thank the fans. Our father loved you so much because you were always there for him. Our father was always concerned about the planet and humanity. Through all his hard work and dedication, he has helped many charities and donated to all of them. Through all his songs, his message was simple: Love. We will continue to spread his message and help the world. thank you. We love you daddy.”
Paris followed up:
“Daddy was supposed to be here. Daddy was going to perform this year, but he couldn’t perform last year. Thank you, we love you daddy.”
Their younger sibling, Blanket Jackson, didn’t accompany them on stage.