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- Posted on Jan 20th 2010 12:30PM by Emily Tan
"Whenever we would do a show with [Jackson], the first thing he would say to me was, 'How can we do something that we [have] never done before?'" said Grammys co-executive producer Ken Ehrlich, who worked with Jackson for almost 30 years. "And now we're doing something that hasn't been seen before."
The 'Earth Song' video was a supposed to be an essential part of Jackson's comeback shows in July 2009, which never happened due to his June 25 death. While a portion of clip appeared in 'This Is It,' the Grammys will be presenting the piece in its entirety. Ehlrich, who was with Jackson the night before he died, viewed 'Earth Song' for the first time and said that it moved the singer to tears.
"It was pretty emotional for him," Ehlrich said. "Afterward he said to me that that song and that piece and that portion of the concert was as important to him than anything else in the show."
Alongside the 3-D clip, Usher, Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Smokey Robinson will also perform during the tribute. Jackson will also be honored with a lifetime achievement award from the Recording Academy -- the only award Jackson has never received from the organization.
While the Jackson family is expected to be at the Grammys on Jan. 31, their attendance has yet to be confirmed. Free 3-D "Grammy" glasses will be distributed at Target stores nationwide from Jan. 26 to Jan. 31, while supplies last.