Paris and Prince Jackson – the children of the late Michael Jackson – paid tribute to their father at the 2022 Tony Awards on Sunday.
The pair took the stage at Radio City Music Hall to present a performance from the cast of “MJ: The Musical”, which portrays much of their father’s life and were nominated for the grand prize.
Prince, 25, and Paris, 24, confirmed the late King of Pop’s love of musicals in a rare appearance in honor of their father.
“A lot of people seem to think that our father Michael Jackson changed popular music forever,” said Prince Jackson. “And who are we to disagree?”
“But what people may not know is that he loved musicals, film and the stage. That’s why we’re so incredibly honored to introduce the night’s first nominee for Best Musical, ‘MJ’, who, using many of his iconic hits, looks at the complexity and brilliance of our father’s process.
“MJ: The Musical” depicts Jackson’s life on his “Dangerous” tour and has been nominated for 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Actor.
Paris Jackson recently revealed that King of Pop instilled in his children a strong work ethic and an eclectic taste in music.
“My dad was really good at making sure we were cultured, making sure we were well educated, and not just showing us the glitz and glamour, like hotel hopping, five star places,” Jackson said in an interview. .
“Growing up, it was about earning things. If we wanted five toys from FAO Schwarz or Toys R Us, we had to read five books,” she said.
“It’s earning, not just being entitled to certain things or thinking, ‘Oh, I’ve got this.’ It’s like working for it, working hard for it – it’s something completely different. It’s an achievement.”