The Grammys always try to have a few tricks up their sleeves with every show--strange couples dueting (some very successfully, like Beyonce and Prince or Madonna and Gorillaz), special guests from other entertainment areas and tributes that truly bestow great honor on the achievements of high-profile music industry professionals. This year they want to tug on some heartstrings--with the death of Michael Jackson still so fresh in the world-at-large, the committee has invited, according to E! Online, Prince Michael, Paris and Blanket Jackson to appear in a planned tribute to the King of Pop.
For children who were sheltered in a myriad of ways while their father was alive, the family seems to have no issue sending them forth as goodwill ambassadors of Neverland and their father's rampantly weird life before and during their childhoods. They will read a statement during the episode and a number of R&B legends will be performing as well, including Carrie Underwood and Smokey Robinson. The tribute will also feature the 3-D minimovie "Earth Song," which was created for the ThIS IS IT tour and seen in pieces in the documentary of the same name this summer. Jackson will also receive a lifetime achievement award at the ceremony.
Is this just the start of the lifetime achievement events? The MTV Awards used his sister Janet, clearly still suffering from the shock of her brother's death, in a tribute. The funeral heard round the world played on the internet live and the memorial service was an all-day broadcast on most cable stations. Will this be the definitive tribute, the best of the best, the one where the true peers of a talent such as Michael Jackson really get to say goodbye and tip their hats to his lifelong creativity and hard work?