Do not adjust your TV sets – you just witnessed a Michael Jackson tribute so big it could not be confined to a mere two dimensions, courtesy of the Grammys. The tune was 1995’s “Earth Song,” with environmentally themed 3-D visuals that looked familiar if you saw This Is It. This performance was something else entirely, though, thanks to guest singers Celine Dion, Usher, Carrie Underwood, Smokey Robinson, and Jennifer Hudson. A slightly random assortment of names on paper, they brought exactly the right level of power and emotion to the song on stage.
Speaking of emotion, Jackson’s children Michael “Prince” Joseph Jr. and Paris-Michael Katherine shared some brief but truly moving words about their late father after the music ended. When Prince stumbled over his lines, it was nearly impossible not to choke up right along with him.
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