Michael Jackson
's two eldest children, 12-year-old Prince Michael and 11-year-old Paris, took the stage at tonight's Grammy Awards ptrdrntstion to accept their father's Lifetime Achievement Award. "We are proud to be here to accept this award on behalf of our father," Prince Michael said. He thanked fans for their support and sent a special thank you to his grandparents for their love and care during the past few tumultuous months. He went on to address his father's passion for the environment, also reminding the audience of the one thing was most important to the late King of Pop.

"Our father was always concerned about the planet and humanity. Through all his hard work and dedication, he has helped many charities and donated to all of them,' said Prince. "Throughout his songs, his message was simple -- love. We will continue to spread his message and help the world." Paris expressed sadness that her father was not able to be present with them tonight. "Daddy was suppose to be here," she said. "Daddy was going to perform last year. Thank you. We love you, Daddy."

Prince and Paris accepted the award following a special 'Earth Song' 3-D tribute performance from Usher, Jennifer Hudson, Smokey Robinson, Celine Dion and Carrie Underwood. The five singers took the stage after a heartfelt introduction from Lionel Richie, and the audience was outfitted with 3-D glasses so it could view footage from Jackson's 3-D mini-movie. The footage, which focuses on the safety and future of the environment, was originally intended for release as part of the 'This Is It' tour footage.