Michael Jackson's kids celebrate dad in cement

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Paris Jackson, center, writes her father's name in cement as her brother, Prince, left, and Blanket Jackson look on during the hand and footprint ceremony honoring their father, musician Michael Jackson, in front of Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles, Jan. 26, 2012.
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Michael Jackson never got to leave his hand and footprints at Hollywood's famous Chinese theater, so more than two years after his death, his children did it for him.

And some very famous fans were there to see it, including Justin Bieber.

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Michael Jackson's children immortalize father in Hollywood

Prince Michael Jackson, Jackson's oldest son, said at the event, "I think I speak for (my dad)...this right here is his lifetime achievement award."

In his lifetime, Michael Jackson had been celebrated with gold records and Grammys, but this was a recognition like none other. For the first time ever, a celebrity was honored by Grauman's Chinese Theater after his death. Michael Jackson's children, Prince, Paris and Blanket, took their father's shoes and famous sequined glove, protected from the cement with a thin piece of plastic, and left an impression that will never be erased.

Jackson's producer Quincy Jones said, "It is only fitting that Michael Jackson should be enshrined here today in front of Grauman's Chinese Theater, alongside the great song-and-dance men that he so admired."

Jackson's children were immortalized as well, leaving their hand prints alongside those of their famous father.

Jackson's mother, Katherine Jackson, said, "It's a very good celebration. And I know if Michael were here, he would agree."

The cement impression weighs about 1,000 pounds and will take about 10 days to dry. The prints will be on public display in mid-February, according to theater officials. Until then, the impression will be under 24-hour surveillance.

The event was produced by Michael Jackson's estate. Michael Jackson's concert with Cirque de Soleil hits Los Angeles this weekend.

For more on the event and discussion on "CBS This Morning" about Michael Jackson's legacy, click on the video above.

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