Awards while accepting their late father’s Lifetime Achievement Award midway through the live telecast.
“Through all his songs, [our father’s] message was simple: love,” Prince Michael, 12, said on stage at the Staples Center, surrounded by his cousins and sister Paris, 11. “We will continue to spread his message and help the world”.
In an emotional moment during a performance-heavy telecast, the late King of Pop’s children thanked fans for their support after Jackson’s death on June 25.
“We are proud to accept this award on behalf of our father”, Prince Michael said.
“We’d like to thank God for watching over us for these past seven months, and our grandma and grandpa for their love and support.
We would also like to thank the fans; our father loved you so much because you were always there for him”.
His sister, Paris, who gave a touching tribute to her father at his memorial service over the summer, told the crowd, “Daddy was going to perform this here [last year]”, then said, “Thank you. We love you, Daddy”.
Prince Michael and Paris, along with several cousins, wore black suits with red stripes on their pants, and red armbands.