LOS ANGELES, California (CNN) -- An 11-year-old girl who lost her father made the world cry with her Tuesday.
Paris Katherine Jackson -- the second of Michael Jackson's three children -- was surrounded by her grandmother, aunts, uncles and two brothers as she spoke tearfully at the conclusion of Jackson's public memorial.
"Ever since I was born, daddy has been the best father you could ever imagine, and I just want to say that I love him so much," she said.
The children, who often have been hidden by veils or blankets when seen with their father, were sitting in the front row at the Staples Center Tuesday as their father's life and music were remembered.
Jackson lay nearby in a closed, rose-draped, bronze casket in front of the stage.
His brothers, who served as pallbearers, wore single white sequined gloves, a tribute to their brother's signature glove of the 1980s.
Much of the talk about Jackson since his sudden death 12 days ago has focused on the investigation of drugs found in his home and the doctors who treated him, and there some allusions to the controversies were spoken on stage.
Brother Marlon said the world could not understand what Michael Jackson endured "being judged and ridiculed."
"How much pain can one man take?" Marlon Jackson asked.
"Maybe now, Michael, they will leave you alone," he said as he looked to his brother's casket.
The morning began with a half-hour "gathering" for several hundred family and friends inside a chapel at the Hollywood Hills' Forest Lawn cemetery.
Jackson's casket -- bronze with 14-karat gold-plate handles, according to the manufacturer -- was then placed in a hearse for a 10-mile motorcade to downtown Los Angeles, where it was brought into the arena.
Several of Jackson's older brothers carried the coffin to the front of the stage -- which resembled a church sanctuary with a stained-glass backdrop -- as the Andrae Crouch Choir sang the hymn "Soon and Very Soon."
Mariah Carey was joined by Trey Lorenz singing Jackson's signature "I'll Be there" as a montage of Jackson photographs appeared on arena screens.
Queen Latifah, saying she was on stage to represent "millions of fans inspired by Michael," said, "Michael was the biggest star on Earth."
Lionel Richie then performed the song "Jesus is Love."
Motown founder Berry Gordy recalled that when he auditioned the Jackson 5 in 1968, 10-year-old Michael was talented beyond his years.
"He was driven by his hunger to learn, to constantly top himself, to be the best. He was the consummate student. He studied the greats and became greater. He raised the bar and then broke the bar," Gordy said.
Gordy's appearance was followed by a video montage of Michael Jackson songs.
Stevie Wonder took the stage next, sitting at a keyboard.
"This is a moment that I wished that I didn't live to see come, but as much as I can say that and mean it, I do know that God is good," Wonder said. "And I do know that as much as we may feel, and (we) do, that we need Michael with us, God must have needed him more."
Wonder then delivered an emotional version of his 1971 song "Never Dreamed You'd Leave in Summer."
Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who spoke along with former Lakers legend Magic Johnson, said Michael Jackson set a world record for the "most charities supported by a pop star."
Johnson said he met Jackson when the singer was a season ticket holder for Los Angeles Lakers.
"I truly believe that Michael made me a better point guard and basketball player as I watched him be so great and be the greatest entertainer ever," Johnson said.
Jennifer Hudson, wearing a white maternity dress, sang "Will You Be There," a song recorded by Jackson in the early 1990s.
A recording of an emotional Michael Jackson reading the lyrics to the song were played over the music after Hudson sang.
The Rev. Al Sharpton said Jackson brought "blacks and whites and Asians and Latinos together."
"It was Michael Jackson who made us sing 'We are the World' and feed the hungry long before Live Aid," Sharpton said.