Hollywood Joe was there when Michael Jackson’s children pressed his shoes and iconic sparkly glove into the cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.
Fans gathered on Hollywood Boulevard to experience the touching ceremony that honored the late, great King of Pop. The sky was beautiful, the Highland Ave. exit was jammed, and the mood of the waiting crowd was somber until Michael Jackson’s mother talked about him and Prince, Paris, and Blanket cemented his memory in the famous forecourt.
The posthumous hand and footprint ceremony was star-studded with Quincy Jones, Smokey Robinson, and Justin Bieber, who said that Michael Jackson was his inspiration.
But what Hollywod Joe found out afterwards was a surprise to everyone: Michael Jackson already had a cement hand print!
It is called the “Broken Heart Stone” because there is a crack in the heart-shape of Michael’s hand print. The almost 400 pound stone was made for a Walk of Fame project in Las Vegas in 1984 and was found hiding in the basement of the Riviera Hotel 22 years later.
After being discovered, it was sold at an auction and then donated to Michael Jackson’s estate when he died. After the ceremony at Grauman’s, the 1984 memento was placed right next to the new one created by his children.
The King taught us how to moon walk, even our ABC’s, and is now forever immortalized right outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, down the street from the Hollywood Wax Museum.
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