A young, burgeoning music icon paid tribute to a late legend for the ages yesterday.
Justin Bieber came out for a special ceremony at Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Los Angeles, where Michael Jackson’s children helped immortalize their father via that locale’s famous hand and footprint ceremony. And he was brought to the stage by a major fan.
“I want to introduce you all to a performer who also found stardom at a very young age, just like my dad,” Paris Jackson told the crowd. “My father would have been proud to mentor to someone like him and would be very proud that he came to today’s celebration. We are all very big fans of him, and his music. I know I am.”
Bieber proceeded to send his best wishes to the family and then perform a cover of MJ’s “Rockin Robin,” as seen here:
“Michael meant so much to me,” Justin said. “I know he meant a lot to you guys as well. He was more than entertainer. He was an inspiration. He was kind, gentle and very charitable. People are going to remember him for his dancing and singing, but people have to remember him for being the man he was.
“Thank you so much. Have a blessed day. Michael, I love you!”