Michael Jackson Grammy Tribute to Feature Usher and 3-D Footage
Grammy producers have put together a special Michael Jackson tribute for the upcoming award show. Jackson will be given a special, posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award one day prior to the Grammy Awards, but the King of Pop will also be honored during the televised ceremony with a live tribute by Usher and Jennifer Hudson. Smokey Robinson, Celine Dion and Carrie Underwood will also pay their respect to the fallen icon.
Plans for the tribute also include previously unseen footage from Jackson’s 3-D movie ‘Earth Song,’ which was originally intended to broadcast in his ‘This Is It’ concert series. Grammy co-executive producer Ken Ehrlich said that ‘Earth Song’ — a message about the future of our planet — was very close to Jackson’s heart. “It was one of the most important portions of the concert tour to Michael, and when Michael saw the film for the first time at his last rehearsal, there were tears in his eyes,” Ehrlich said. The new footage will mark the first time that an award show will feature a 3-D segment. CBS and the Grammys have partnered with Target to provide free 3-D glasses for viewers. Glasses can be picked up at Target stores from Jan. 24 – Jan. 31.
Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy, assured viewers that the tribute will not be one to miss. “This very special Grammy moment will feature some of our most respected Grammy recipients, all of whom have a great love for Michael,” Portnow said. “This segment promises to be an emotional highlight of this year’s show, and is sure to join the unique list of amazing performances for which the Grammy Awards have become renowned.” Usher, Jennifer Hudson and Smokey Robinson were all a part of the original MJ tribute held at the Staples Center last July.
The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards air live on CBS, Sunday, Jan. 31 at 8PM ET/PT.