Grammys to show Michael Jackson "Earth Song" 3-D movie

Wed Jan 20, 2010 5:19pm EST
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By Jill Serjeant

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood and Usher will take part in a tribute to Michael Jackson at the Grammy awards next week that will also showcase a movie created by Jackson for his 1995 hit "Earth Song."

Grammy organizers said on Wednesday that Jennifer Hudson and Smokey Robinson would also join in the Jackson tribute, singing along with the voice of the "Thriller" singer.

The January 31 Grammy ceremony in Los Angeles will also feature the first complete showing of a 3-D mini movie for "Earth Song" created by Jackson before his death in June.

The song and the movie, about the future of the planet, were intended to be the centerpiece of Jackson's planned series of 50 "This is It" comeback concerts in London last summer.

"It was one of the most important portions of the concert tour to Michael and when Michael saw the film for the first time at his last rehearsal, there were tears in his eyes," Ken Ehrlich, a longtime Jackson associate and who is producing the Grammy telecast, said in a statement.

Jackson, who won 13 Grammys and whose 1982 album "Thriller" is the biggest-selling album of all time, is to get a posthumous lifetime achievement Grammy this year.

Ehrlich said the five singers would perform along with Jackson's voice while the 4 1/2 minute film is projected on a screen behind them.

"Each and everyone of (the artists) said they were honored to be asked to do this," he told reporters.   Continued...

<p>Pop superstar Michael Jackson performs his Earth Song at the Brit Awards ceremony February 19, 1996.</p>