Michael Jackson would have turned 60 on August. 29. Though he is no longer here, his extraordinary life and legacy will be heralded at the Michael Jackson Diamond Birthday Celebration in Las Vegas. Coordinated by the Estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music, the festivities will kick off with an early evening performance of Michael Jackson One by Cirque du Soleil, followed by an exclusive after-party at Daylight Beach Club, both at Mandalay Bay. Fans are expected to flock to Las Vegas from all over the world for the festivities. Michael will be well represented by his family at the event, with children Paris and Prince expected to attend, as well as brothers Jackie, Marlon and Tito. The Daylight Beach Club party, hosted by Sway Calloway, will include interactive elements including activations inspired by Jackson's music videos. The party is for invited guests only, as well as attendees of that day’s Michael Jackson One performance.
For the event, the Michael Jackson Estate is joining forces with The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation to bring health care to southern Malawi. Paris Jackson, who is an Ambassador for the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, will accept the 2018 Elizabeth Taylor Legacy Award for Humanitarian Service awarded to their father posthumously. Attendees are encouraged to make donations to the Taylor's AIDS Foundation.
The party comes as Jackson’s legacy continues to grow. A previously unreleased Jackson vocal provides the hook for “Don’t Matter to Me,” a song on Drake’s Scorpion album, which is spending its fifth week atop the Billboard 200 albums chart.
Additionally, the National Portrait Gallery in London’s Michael Jackson: On The Wall exhibit runs through Oct. 21, while work continues on a Broadway musical inspired by Jackson’s life produced by the Estate and Columbia Live Stage. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lyn Nottage will author the book, while Christopher Wheeldon will direct and choreograph the musical which is expected to open in 2020.