NOTE: You can watch the entire ceremony after the jump.
After a private gathering for family members at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Michael Jackson’s memorial within Staples Center began shortly after 10:00 AM PT.
You can follow our detailed account of the ceremony after the jump.
UPDATE: CBS and NBC have now decided to jump on the live coverage bandwagon.
Not a winner in the Michael Jackson memorial lottery? Not a problem. You can still get a front row viewing while sparing yourself the cost of a flight.
Although 17,500 get the chance to be in either the Staples Center or the Nokia Theater, free television coverage will allow everyone an opportunity to witness the events as they unfold.
According to a release from the Jackson family, participants at Tuesday’s memorial include Kobe Bryant, Mariah Carey, Berry Gordy, Jennifer Hudson, Shaheen Jafargholi (finalist on Britain’s Got Talent), Magic Johnson, Martin Luther King III, Bernice A. King, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Rev. Al Sharpton, Brooke Shields, Usher and Stevie Wonder.
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