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Mariah Carey Apologizes for Jackson Memorial Performance

USMagazine, Friday, July 10, 2009, 9:14am (PDT)

Mariah Carey wishes she had done a better job performing "the Jackson 5's" biggest hit, "I'll Be There," at Michael Jackson's memorial Tuesday at Los Angeles' Staples Center.

Photos: Mariah Carey

On her Twitter page, the singer (who wore a black Jenny Packham gown to the service) says she was just too overcome with emotion. As Carey sang the song with frequent collaborator Trey Lorenz, photos of Jackson flashed on a huge screen above them.

"Trying to sing today was basically impossible for me," writes Carey. "I could barely keep myself from crying. I'm sorry that I wasn't able to pull it together and really do it right, but I was literally choked up when I saw him there in front of me."

Photos: Michael's memorial

"One thing I know is, we will never really have to say goodbye to MJ. His legacy lives on through his music and the millions of people [h]e inspired with his timeless music. He will be forever in our hearts," she adds.

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