Staples Center before Jackson memorial

Video images of a young Michael Jackson loom over a crowd outside of Staples Center before a scheduled memorial service Tuesday, July 7, 2009, in Los Angeles. AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

 

By Frank James

The memorial service for pop superstar Michael Jackson is due to start at 1 pm eastern time and The Two-Way will be live-blogging it all the way.

The 20,000 seat arena will be packed with family, friends and fans as a number of stars perform in celebration of the King of Pop's remarkable achievements as an entertainer of global reach whose "Thriller" album remains the all-time best seller. Some of the celebrities expected to participate in today's service include Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey, Brooke Shields, Usher, Lionel Richie, Kobe Bryant, Jennifer Hudson, John Mayer and Martin Luther King III.

Join us as we follow today's events from Los Angeles, a day that should certainly be long remembered in the nation's pop-culture history.

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