No BEP For MJ Tribute

You can cross The Black Eyed Peas off the artist lineup for the Michael Jackson tribute concert in the U.K.

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Fergie,, and, at the iHeartRadio Music Festival, MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas.

Hosted by Jamie Foxx and taking place this Saturday in Cardiff, Wales, at Millennium Stadium, boasts an all-star lineup including Christina Aguilera, Cee-Lo Green, Jennifer Hudson, Gladys Knight, Ne-Yo, Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke and Smokey Robinson. Beyoncé is expected to appear in the form of a pre-recorded segment.

There will also be plenty of Jacksons at the show, including 3T made up of Michael Jackson’s nephews and The Jackson Brothers. The late King of Pop’s sister, La Toya, was added to the lineup this week.

However, The Black Eyed Peas, are no longer on the bill. The event’s promoter, Global Live Events, announced the bad news, but said the show “is really getting into gear” and that it will be a “fantastic evening for all.”

Well, maybe not all Jacksons. Although endorsed by Jackson family matriarch Katherine Jackson, the planned tribute has been criticized by Jackson brothers Jermaine and Randy because the timing of the event conflicts with the manslaughter trial in Los Angeles of Dr. Conrad Murray who is accused of administering a fatal dose of anesthetic propofol to Jackson.

Janet Jackson has also said the timing of the trial will prevent her from attending the tribute concert.

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Harlem’s Apollo Theatre

The Black Eyed Peas aren’t the first act to drop off the bill. KISS was on the lineup for approximately 24 hours, but was dropped after Michael Jackson fans complained that Gene Simmons had once said he believed Jackson was guilty of child molestation charges. Jackson was acquitted of those charges in a highly publicized trial in June 2005.

Click here for the “Michael Forever – The Tribute Concert” website.