Jennifer Hudson cancels appearance at Michael Jackson Tribute concert
Jennifer Hudson warned fans on Saturday, October 8, on her Twitter account that she would not be among the guests at Michael Jackson Tribute concert set to take place later that night in Wales, despite being scheduled to close the show.
"To my uk fans that were coming to the mj show in wales. I will no longer be attending due to major production issues," Hudson wrote on her official Twitter page. "I would have thought they would have informed you all by now, so since they did not , I am. Thank u for your support."
The troubled concert got off to a bad start when fans criticized the event for timing, $100 ticket prices and its location, 150 miles west of London. Hudson was not the first star to pull out of the event, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Black Eyed Peas backed out of their scheduled appearance last week due to "unavoidable circumstances."
It was announced in September that Jamie Foxx would host the event, which included performances by Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green, Gladys Knight, Leona Lewis, British boy band JLS, Smokey Robinson and Ne-Yo at the Millennium Stadium, which has a capacity of 75,000. Beyonce will appeared via satellite.
Three generations of Michael Jackson's family joined the roster of entertainers to celebrate the King of Pop. However, many thought the event was overshadowed by the manslaughter trial of Jackson's doctor Conrad Murray.
Jackson's brothers Marlon, Tito and Jackie and his sister La Toya were also scheduled to perform. The late singer's mother Katherine and his children Prince, 14, Paris, 13, and 9-year-old Michael Joseph Jr., aka Blanket were in the audience and appeared on-stage in a few of their father's iconic outfits. Paris wore the red leather jacket from the singer's "Thriller" music video. Photos from the event can be seen here.
Fans were reportedly also displeased when festival organizers invited the band Kiss to perform, as lead singer Gene Simmons recently told a magazine that there was "no doubt in my mind" that Jackson, who was acquitted of molestation charges in 2005, had abused children. The invitation was hastily rescinded, following criticism.
Proceeds from the event will go to AIDS Project Los Angeles and the UK children's charity, The Prince's Trust. Conrad Murray is currently on trial for involuntary manslaughter in Jackson's death. Autopsy results have shown that Jackson, the King of Pop, died at age 50 at his Los Angeles on June 25, 2009 from an overdose of the anesthetic propofol and other sedatives.