Mary J. Blige and Chris Brown Will Perform At MJ Tribute in Vienna

Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown and Natalie Cole are some of the top artists performing at a Sept. 26 Michael Jackson tribute concert in Vienna, organizers said Tuesday.

Event promoter Georg Kindel said that up to 25 performers are expected to participate in concert that is being billed as the main global tribute for the King of Pop, who died June 25 in Los Angeles. More names will be unveiled later this week in London and Berlin, Kindel said.

Sister Sledge, Akon, Angela Bassett, and the Germany-based boy band US5 also are among the 13 artists confirmed so far, Jermaine Jackson said. Michael's original band and dancers will also take part.

"We're very excited — the list is growing more and more," Jermaine Jackson said, adding that "many major Bollywood names" and artists from the Middle East also would be involved.

All the artists will play some of Michael's greatest hits at the concert, including "Thriller," "Billie Jean," "Black or White" and "Bad."

"We will honor on this night not only the musician and artist Michael Jackson but also the humanitarian," Georg said. "He's really someone who changed the history of music."

Michaels's family and children and also 65,000 fans —are expected to attend the tribute. It will be held on a large stage with a crown on its roof and two runways in front of Vienna's former imperial Schoenbrunn Palace, one of the Austrian capital's top tourist attractions, Georg informed the press. A "significant portion" of the proceeds from the event will be donated to charity, he added.

Over the course of the evening, Jermaine will perform live, with a video of Michael projected onto nearby walls, organizers said. All artists will sing either "Heal the World" or "We are the World" as a grand finale.

Negotiations are also being made to broadcast the concert on TV.

Can't wait!!! Yall mark your calendar for September 26!!! I'm excited to see the tribute to Michael. He deserves a great one! Mary J. and Natalie Cole?! Yeah that's gonna be a hot one. And is anyone as excited as I am to see Chris Brown back on stage?!! It's about time all of this nonsense was over. He needs to get back to doing what he does best--PERFORMING! That's just how I feel.


~Brittany Shawnté

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