Monday 11 December 2017

Jackson 'performs' during Grammys

Lionel Richie presented Michael Jackson's children with his award
Lionel Richie presented Michael Jackson's children with his award
Lionel Richie presented Michael Jackson's children with his award

Michael Jackson posthumously paid tribute to both Mother Earth and 3-D video at the Grammy Awards show, as he was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the Recording Academy.

In a 3-D live-and-film number, the King of Pop was heard performing his Earth Song, accompanied by on-stage stars as well as images from nature.

The performance was introduced by Lionel Richie, who said it was meant by Jackson as a call to action against the destruction of nature and animals by humans.

The performance began with footage of waterfalls and rain forests with Jackson heard declaring: "I respect the secrets and magic of nature," as the song began its message of preserving the planet.

In turn, the background panoramic visuals were accompanied by onstage singers Celine Dion, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Smokey Robinson to powerful effect.

Through it all, Jackson reigned in photos across the sprawling panorama.

As Richie explained in his introduction, the performance piece was produced as a key element of Jackson's planned comeback concerts in London in July 2009 -- shows that never happened because of his June 25 death in Los Angeles.

A part of the clip was included in Jackson's movie documentary This Is It, but the full production of Earth Song had not been seen before and was billed by the Grammys as the first time an awards show had featured such a 3-D sequence.

Jackson's young children, Prince and Paris, accepted the lifetime achievement award on behalf of their father.

"Through all his songs his message was simple, love. We will continue to spread his message and help the world," Prince said.

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