A who''s who of the entertainment industry showed up in New York on Friday night honouring Michael Jackson and the 30th anniversary of his solo career.
The concert started nearly an hour late as Jackson, dressed in a white spangled jacket, was escorted to his seat with Elizabeth Taylor.
Sitting next to him was Macaulay Culkin, and Jackson''s parents, Katherine and Joseph.
The show got off to a rousing start with a dance-packed performance by Usher, Maya and Whitney Houston, doing "Wanna Be Startin'' Somethin"'' from Jackson''s 1980s megahit album "Thriller."
Moments later it took a bizarre turn when Marlon Brando appeared on stage sitting on a couch.
He rambled for a couple minutes about child abuse, starvation and disease.
People started to boo until Brando mentioned Jackson''s name and said that Jackson was donating money to build a children''s hospital in Florida.
The evening got back on track quickly with Billy Gilman''s performance of another Jackson hit, "Ben."
The first of two heavily hyped concerts in Madison Square Garden scheduled appearances or performances by ''N Sync, Gladys Knight, Eminem, Destiny''s Child, Yoko Ono, Jill Scott, Alicia Keys, Shaquille O''Neal, Chris Tucker and Samuel L. Jackson as well as Taylor and Brando.
The concerts on Friday and Monday night are part of Jackson''s attempt to reclaim his King of Pop title after a six-year absence between albums.
"Invincible" is due out at the end of October - last week, he released the first single, "You Rock My World."
On Thursday night Jackson stole the show at the MTV Video Music Awards by appearing briefly on stage with ''N Sync.
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Michael Jackson , Angie Harmon , Jason Sehorn , Naomi Campbell , Jermaine Dupri , Nelly , Sean Diddy Combs , Elizabeth Taylor , Whitney Houston , Marlon Brando , Gladys Knight , Eminem , Yoko Ono , Jill Scott , Alicia Keys , Chris Tucker , Samuel L. Jackson