Live Blogging Michael Jackson's Memorial Service

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We're going to be live blogging Michael Jackson's public memorial service at the Staples Center, starting at 10 am PT/1 pm ET. Keep refreshing this page to get the latest details on the event.

10:12 am: The memorial begins -- a few minutes late -- with Smokey Robinson reading comments written by Nelson Mandela and Diana Ross, who did not attend the service, but sent their condolences to the Jackson family. In Diana's comments, she said, "Michael wanted me to be there for his children, and I will be there if they ever need me," referring to the fact that she was named as the successor trustee to Katherine Jackson, if necessary, in Michael's will. See the video

10:29 am: We're in the middle of a very long, unexpected lull. Nothing is happening. Technical difficulties, maybe? What we do know is that the Jackson family is sitting in the front row.

10:34 am: Michael's casket is brought in by the Jackson men, all wearing a single, sparkly glove. See the video

10:37 am: Pastor Lucious Smith speaks, calling Michael "a brother, a son, a father and a friend."

10:40 am: Mariah Carey and Trey Lorenz perform a rendition of the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There." See the video

10:45 am: Queen Latifah, obviously emotional, speaks, telling the audience that Michael Jackson made us all believe in ourselves. She adds that "Michael was the biggest star on earth."

10:47 am: Queen reads a quote from poet Maya Angelou, in which she says, "Only when we confess our confusion can we remember that he was a gift to us... he thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style. Whether we knew who he was or did not know, he was ours and we were his... we are the world." See the video

10:50 am: Lionel Richie sings his song, "Jesus is Love." 

10:54 am: Berry Gordy, founder of the Motown record label, speaks, saying that Michael Jackson "raised the bar and then broke the bar." He continues, "He sang with such feeling and inspiration, Michael had a quality that we couldn't completely understand, but we all knew he was special." See the video

11:00 am:
"When he did his iconic moon walk, I was shocked. It was magic. Michael Jackson went into orbit and never came down. Thought it ended way too soon, Michael's life was beautiful. Sure, there were some sad times and maybe some questionable decisions on his part, but Michael Jackson accomplished everything he dreamed of. I think he is simply the greatest entertainer that ever lived," Berry Gordy continues.

11:03 am: A Michael Jackson video tribute plays, featuring clips from his performances, fan reactions, news stories and music videos.

11:07 am: Stevie Wonder comes on stage to sing his song, "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer." He personalizes the lyrics, adding in Michael's name: "I never dreamed you'd leave in summer, but now I find my love has gone away. Michael, why didn't you stay?" See the video

11:15 am:
Basketball players Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant take the stage. Kobe begins, saying, "Michael was also a true humanitarian... he always cared deeply for those in need. Michael also made the Guinness Book of World Records for most charities supported by a pop star." Magic follows, talking about his friendship with Michael Jackson and when he discovered that Michael liked Kentucky Fried Chicken.

11:18 am: Magic continues with his speech, on a more somber note: "This is a celebration of his life, of his legacy. I want to thank Michael for opening up so many doors for African Americans... he allowed Kobe and I to have our jerseys in people's homes across the world, because he was already there... His three children will have the most incredible grandmother that God has put on this earth to take care of them." See the video

11:21 am: A very pregnant Jennifer Hudson comes on stage and sings Michael's "Will You Be There" with a chorus behind her. The song is from the Dangerous  album, and was also featured on the Free Willy soundtrack. See the video

11:26 am: Reverend Al Sharpton speaks of how Michael broke the color barrier. "He created a comfort level where people who thought they were separate became connected through his music... Michael made us love each other. Michael made us stand with each other."

11:33 am: John Mayer performs, though he recently Twittered, "I also want you to know that I'm going not to 'perform' but to contribute... Proud to be a musician." John plays his guitar to "Human Nature," while background singers sing the lyrics. See the video

11:38 am: Brooke Shields come on stage, extremely emotional, and has a hard time starting her speech. "To us, it was the most natural and easiest of friendships. I was 13 when we met, and from that day on our friendship grew. Michael always knew he could count on me to support him or be his date, and that we would have fun no matter where we were. We had a bond." See the video

11:40 am: Brooke continues, telling personal stories about her friendship with Michael. "We never collaborated together. We never performed together or danced on the same stage -- although he did try in vain one night, unsuccessfully, to teach me the moon walk... We never filmed a video or recorded a song, but what we did do was laugh. It was always a competition to see who could make the other one laugh more or be sillier."

11:47 am: An extremely teary-eyed Jermaine Jackson -- Michael's brother -- sings "Smile," which Brooke Shields referred to in her speech moments before as Michael's favorite song. The song, better known as "Smile Though Your Heart is Aching," was originally written by Charlie Chaplin. Michael covered "Smile" on his album HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I. He later dedicated the song to Princess Diana during the last concerts of his HIStory World Tour. See the video

11:53 am: Martin Luther King III and his sister Bernice King take the stage. Martin Luther remembers how his father had always said that people should be the best of what they are. "Michael Jackson was truly the best of what he was," Martin Luther King III says. Bernice then speaks, adding, "May we all be inspired to go and let our light shine."

11:58 am: Texan congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee now speaks, and immediately references Michael's child molestation charges: "We understand laws, and we know that people are innocent until proven otherwise. That is what the Constitution stands for."

12:07 pm: It's now Usher's turn to take the stage. He sings Michael Jackson's song, "Gone Too Soon." Eerily appropriate. Some of the lyrics include, "Like a comet, blazing 'cross the evening sky, gone too soon. Like a rainbow, fading in the twinkling of an eye, gone too soon." Usher breaks down as he tries to sing the last line of the song. See the video

12:12 pm: Another video piece. This one features the Jackson 5 singing "Who's Loving You."

12:13 pm: Smokey Robinson is back on stage. He speaks about meeting the Jackson 5 and when they recorded his song, "Who's Loving You." He says he first thought to himself, "This boy cannot possibly be 10 years old... I quickly went over to him because I wanted to see his birth certificate. I could not believe that someone that young could have that much feeling and soul."

12:18 pm: Shaheen Jafargholi
, a contestant on Britain's Got Talent, sings "Who's Loving You." According to Kenny Ortega -- who worked with Michael on his tours -- Michael had seen the 12-year-old on YouTube and was so impressed that he invited him to perform during his comeback concerts in London.

12:25 pm: Some of the performers from Michael Jackson's concert, along with the stars from the memorial service and family members, sing "We are the World," which was one of Michael Jackson's favorite parts of  his comeback concert. Fans outside of the Staples Center are seen holding hands, joining in a circle, as they sing along with the song.

12:28 pm: Fans and memorial service participants -- along with Michael's kids who are on stage -- sing "Heal the World." See the video

12:34 pm: Jermaine Jackson thanks everyone for attending the memorial service.

12:35 pm: Marlon Jackson, another one of Michael's brothers, is so emotional that it's difficult for him to speak at first. He then says he doesn't understand "why the lord has taken our brother to return home after such a short visit on Earth." Then, in reference to all the crazy attention that Michael has received, he says, "Maybe now, Michael, they will leave you alone." Marlon ends his speech with, "I would like you to give our brother, my twin brother, Brandon, a hug for me."

12:40 pm: Michael's only daughter, Paris, approaches the microphone: "Ever since I was born, Daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine. And i just want to say I love him so much." See the video

12:42 pm: The family walks Michael's casket out of the Staples Center.

Plus: See photos from Michael Jackson's memorial service

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